Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X / Magneto and Professor Xavier

Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated peaceful resistance while Malcolm X advocated a “by any means necessary” approach to resistance. It has been said that these two men were the inspirations for Stan Lee’s Professor Xavier and Magneto character arcs. Hell, the entire X-Men story illustrates the struggle of an oppressed misunderstood group and their differing methods of dealing with the oppressors.

IT’S GOTTA BE BLACK OR WHITE, NO GRAY WELCOMED HERE!
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During the early 60s you either stood with Malcolm or Martin. Thing is, these men showed the rest of the world a duality that exists in every single race or culture. They were the north and south pole, the people they represented were the shades of gray in between. Later in Malcolm X’s life he started “coming around” a bit to Dr. King’s way of thinking, although he still remained his own man. Had the two lived just a little bit longer maybe…you know what? The beautiful possibility of what these two men could have done together almost brings me to tears. Throw in JFK and RFK hanging out for a bit longer as well and well and maybe something crazy like the US electing a female Native American may have happened.

MR. LEE, IF YOU’RE OUT THERE, A LITTLE HELP
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Maybe you can get something going in the zeitgeist by having Magneto and Professor X kiss and make up. By the way, I love the suggestion made by transposing the name structures of the characters with the actual people they represented. Subversively clever Mr. Lee. And this reminds me of the “X” t-shirt phenomenon of the early 90s.

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