Malcolm X and His Fight for the African American Community
If there was any one man who demonstrated the anger, struggle, and beliefs of African Americans in the 1960’s, that man was the iconic Malcolm X. Malcolm X, otherwise known Malcolm Little or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. Along with Martin Luther King, Malcom X has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who criticized white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans.
There have been many biographies written about Malcolm X’s life, including his own, which aided in the production of the movie re-creation of his life and his fight for the rights of the African American community. The film Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee, dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his criminal career, his incarceration, his conversion to Islam, his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his later falling out with the organization, his pilgrimage to Mecca and reevaluation of his views concerning whites, and his assassination. Malcolm X is not only a film that represents an iconic and historical figure, but it also reveals the many flaws that plague society and its different cultures and ethnicities.
The film Malcolm X portrays the life of a troubled young man that finds salvation while in prison; one of his inmates introduces him to the values of the Islam religion in order to make a better person of him. There are certain guidelines and values in the Nation of Islam that one must follow in order to be a true man of faith. Such guidelines are that thou shall not eat pork, consume alcohol, use drugs, or engage in premarital intercourse as well as recreational intercourse during marriage – except for the sole purpose of producing children. These so-called “wrongdoings” were the main reason Malcolm X was...