what Malcolm X meant with “we didn’t land at Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us”?

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. explained his optimism by comparing the history of America and the history of the American Negro as intertwined, by explaining the significance of his mention of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock – how does he do this? Malcolm X later comments that “we didn’t land at Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.” What did Malcolm X mean and how is it a criticism of King’s optimism?

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