Malcolm X eulogy
As I look back on the life of Malcolm Little or Malcolm X, 43 years right after his assassination, I have come to realize the extent of racial bigotry in America. Like any other leaders, Malcolm’s strong belief in religious and racial equality catapulted the establishment of various organized movements that aim to resist racism.
Let us not forget that Malcolm Little stood strong for his belief that each and every individual, no matter what race, religion, or color of skin is equal. However, like any other advocates of racial and religious equity during the 1960’s, the US society never listened to his appeal and disregarded his race’s rights to live in the country that claims freedom and diversity. This injustice changed the perspectives of Malcolm Little. He took justice in his own hands and became the voice of National Islam, imploring the people to fight for what they believe, by any means that is necessary. Yet, while he may have appealed to the people through a revolutionary manner, it is not his rebellious approach that left legacy to the society today but his intellectual capability to justify things and his evolution from a notorious man to one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders.
What Malcolm has long fought for rooted from the things that he has witnessed in the past. He saw how white racists murdered his father and witnessed how his mother suffered from a mental breakdown. He eventually lived in the streets at a young age, further exposing himself to the exploits of the Klu Klu Klan who were known as the supporters of White American Supremacy. He got himself involved in illegal activities, causing his imprisonment. While behind bars, he had a religious vision that led his conversion to the religion of Islam. After his release he promoted the supremacy of Blacks through a revolution. It was only after his pilgrimage in Mecca that he realized that both Whites and Blacks should coexist (Watson).
Malcolm’s political and religious authenticity placed emphasis on several aspects on any individual’s life. His record of notoriety and his eventual shift into a spiritual leader proved that anybody can change. His faith and education is also a brilliant example for the youth who can be easily tempted to head towards the wrong path.
His later rejection of the use of violence is an example to anyone that anything can be resolved through compromise and placing deep understanding in the current issues. It is only with deep understanding that we will come to realize our purpose and create the rightful changes through proper means.
Lastly, Malcolm is a representation of defiance and dignity. His past actions created difference not only in the past history but in every life of the people who are now enjoying the freedom from racism which has been the battle that Malcolm has fought and died for. His legacy will always serve as an inspiration and will be a reflection of transformation that has truly changed the face of America.
Malcolm X (1992). Dir. Spike Lee. Perfs. Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, and Al
Freeman, Jr. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros., 1992.
Watson, Nigel. “Malcolm X.” Talking Pictures. 2008. 15 November 2008 <http://www.talkingpix.co.uk/Reviews%20-%20Malcolm%20X.html>.