This semester one of my seniors wrote a paper examining African American conceptions of freedom over time, using the speeches of various black elite to ferret out how they used the term. When we think of freedom now, thanks to the neoliberal turn, we usually think of freedom as freedom from government intervention, or the freedom to pursue economic ends…this as opposed to freedom from want, or the freedom to act politically. Given the recent focus on Malcolm X, I thought it’d be interesting to examine one of his speeches using tag cloud technology. Below, The Ballot or the Bullet, delivered in Cleveland Ohio on April 3, 1964.