By Isaac M.

MLK wanted racial justice, freedom and equality for everyone. He supported all creeds of people and wanted black people to gain equality. MLK believed that white people and black people can live together. Integration means “the intermixing of people or groups previously segregated.” MLK wanted to replace segregation with integration.

Malcolm X wanted to create a Black nation to separate black people from the white people. He wanted to send our people back to their homeland. If that did not work, then he said America should set aside some separated territory.

But in some ways they were similar. They wanted justice, freedom and equality. Malcolm X said, “God must destroy the world of slavery and evil in order to establish a world based upon freedom, justice and equality.”  MLK said, “So we have come to cash this check – a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”  He wanted to end segregation. His speech changed the nation, but not only the United States but the world.

After Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” everything changed including black people can sit in the front of the bus. White and blacks can share restaurants, water fountains, and bathrooms. Now, we have a black president named Barack Obama. Whites and blacks can work together and have the same amount of profits.

As a young black brother I have experienced a lot of things. I have a family that loves me and honors me. I feel that I am not judged by the color of my skin but by the content of my character.  In my age right now whites are respectful and nice to me.

However today, there still is plenty of racism around the country of the United States. According to “Portrait of Inequality 2012: Black Children in America”, black children are over three times as likely to be poor (38.8 percent) as White children (12.5 percent), black children are more than twice as likely as White children to be in foster care,black children are over six times as likely as White children to have a parent in prison. There is still a lot of work to do.

This essay was written by Isaac after reading and analyzing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Malcolm X’s “The Black Revolution” speech. We compared and contrasted the two leaders ideas about race and race relations in America. Isaac also incorporated his ideas about race relations in America today based on his experience and based on data about black children in America and contemporary news articles. 

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