A Distrust of All White People

Malcolm X was part of a religious movement called the Nation of Islam. This religious group, which is different from traditional Islam, specifically directs itself to people of color in America and it teaches that peoples of color are God’s chosen people but all white people are demonic and evil. Malcolm and other members of the Nation of Islam called for racial separation and for preparing for all white people to be punished by God. They said black people should distrust all white people, but Dr King as a Christian recognized that the same God created all people no matter their color. Dr King rejected racial hierarchies no matter whether they were benefiting white or black and he called for Americans to work together because he recognized we all need one another and have a shared destiny.