"To the slave, your celebration is a sham your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery .There is not a nation on the Earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States," stated Frederick Douglass at an Independence Day speech in New York.
Like Douglass, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King realized that white people have committed injustices against blacks and as a result blacks do not have equal rights or opportunities and this has created problems in the black community. As a result of problems such as poverty, racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, and lost hope in black communities, Malcolm X and King fought to steer blacks out of their problematic past.
Malcolm X and King no matter how American society depicts them are more than just figures of hate and love respectively. X and King by the end of their lives were fighting to achieve the same goals but in different routes with same objectives. At the start of Malcolm X's journey as a self-educated black leader he talked a lot about hating white people, was a black Muslim with a nationalistic ideology, and spoke with violent rhetoric to intimidate white people. Although Malcolm X talked hatefully about whites he was all about uplifting blacks in any possible manner. However, he went through several phases in his life, one key phase was after his break with the black Muslims after visiting Mecca. Malcolm transformed and began to reevaluate his ideas on hate, classism, sexism, and began to have love for more people and focus his energy on doing anything and everything to uplift black people. Like Malcolm, King went through several periods in his life where he changed his thinking and approach. King unlike Malcolm believed in nonviolence and was willing to work alongside white people. King for a while was about black rights such as voting and integration.