The Ballot or the bullet and its meaning Essay

The Ballot or the bullet and its meaning

The Ballot or the bullet and its meaning
University of Phoenix
ENG/496
Angela Mullennix

“All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the
white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at
the hands of the white man.” (Malcom X, 1964) That is the line that stuck out at the
beginning of the speech. Malcom X seemed to be tired of everything that was going on

including the bad justice system with the false arrest, the dogs and firehoses, and also
the religious aspect being brought into a complex situation that in moments he didn’t feel
was necessary to bring up. He said in the speech “Although I’m still a Muslim, I’m not
here tonight to discuss my religion. I’m not here to try and change your religion. I’m not
here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it’s time for us to
submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the
same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you’re a
Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you’re educated or
illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you’re going to catch hell
just like I am. We’re all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell
from the same man. He just happens to be a white man. All of us have suffered here, in
this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at
the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man. (Malcom
X, 1964)

This is a profound speech not only for the content in it but the fact that he seemed to
touch on the point of acceptance from everyone. Equal opportunity to be treated as a
human. He says “Now in speaking like this, it doesn’t mean that we’re anti-white, but it
does mean we’re anti-exploitation, we’re anti-degradation, and we’re anti-oppression. And
if the white man doesn’t want us to be anti-him let him stop oppressing and exploiting and
degrading us.” He wasn’t a racist, but he wanted equality and that’s probably the best
part I can relate to. From experience it is irritating watching a person walk across the
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Word Count:
518
Page Count:
4

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