Oppression Community Action Against Racial

Freires discussion of the oppressive activities that discriminate students is similar to the racial discrimination experienced by the black Americans. Thus, even though Freire, Malcolm X, and King talked about various strategies, they ultimately aim to deter the effects and eliminate completely the occurrence of oppression in the society.

Reflecting on the significant contributions of each individual to the progress of the civil rights movement and educational reform in the history of American society, it is evident that there cannot be one superior or best strategy that must be adopted to eliminate or deter oppression. What these readings and analyses of the works of Malcolm X, King, and Freire say about social change is that history provides us with various ways or perspectives to find a solution to a problem; each insight is helpful to the improvement of social changes in society.

Freires critical analysis of the educational system is just one of many critiques, but his has helped spur educational reforms and enlighten people about the oppressive nature of teaching given to students. Similarly, Malcolm X and Kings opposing plans of action against racial discrimination provide people with two avenues in which this issue should be looked at. Providing various perspectives to an issue gives room for improvement, for further reflections, and hopefully, better (perhaps best) resolutions for social change.


Freire, P. (1990). “The Banking Concept of Education.” In Ways of Reading. Boston: St. Martins Press, Inc.

King, M.L. (1964). “Martin Luther King — Acceptance Speech.” Available at http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1964/king-acceptance.html.

Malcolm X (1964). “The Ballot or the Bullet.” Available at http://www.indiana.edu/~rterrill/Text-BorB.html..