Malcolm X’s understanding of racial identity has been a big reflection on his life as a child into adulthood which has made him become one of the greatest African American political leaders. As a child Malcolm’s father favored Malcolm for being lighter than the other children, but his mother gave him more hell for the same reason (Haley, 1964), Never the less, Malcolm considered that being light skinned was a status symbol, as was his red hair, when a comparison was mad to his brothers and sisters, who were much darker, he knew that he was from white-blood. His father was killed in a racial dispute and his mother could not support the family, so the Swerlins family who where white, raised Malcolm as they would any white son (Haley, 1964). Malcolm X wanted to fit in whenever possible, to integrate himself fully. “Because I was trying so, in every way I could, hard to be white” (Haley, 1964). When he was in the Seventh grade, Malcolm X did not think about being black. Malcolm was also one of the top three students in his grade. He did not think of being a Negro when he was elected class president. Malcolm X mentions pride in his accomplishments ad thought of himself as student and not a minority student whose career was chosen by the color of the skin not only was Malcolm class president of his seventh grade class, he played basketball in school during this time (Haley, 1964). When Malcolm was traveling with the basketball team and the audience would yell the harsh names such as “niggar”, “coon” and “rastus”, it did not seem to bother Malcolm much. When these vulgarities were spoken, Malcolm X said later in life, the Blacks were, “Brainwashed into believing it” (Haley, 1964). Malcolm’s experience with Boston forever changed his life. He had a sister, Ella Little, who lived in Boston as Malcolm was in the seventh grade. Ella was the first really proud woman he met, proud of being Black and proud of being a Little. Ella was a homeowner, a leader in Black society and was respected in the community. Malcolm’s exposure to Ella was his first time free of White society. Ella’s values went against the stereotype the dominant white culture had of black females. Although Malcolm considered himself a “Hick” at that time, he still found acceptance in the Black community and with his family (Haley, 1964) Malcolm’s restlessness with Mason, Michigan, his hometown, was apparent, many of his white associates noticed the change, including the Swerlins,. He became “increasingly restless and disturbed” (Haley, 1964). After his visit to Boston, he felt that he had truly been around his own kind for the first time. He felt accepted, like he never had been with the White community. I can see how as a young child how his visit with his sister finally opened his eyes to his own race and I feel here is where Malcolm starts to realize his racial identity as in color of skin but not really yet understanding the true meaning of that word. But this is when reality really sunk in when Malcolm told Haley a visit with a teacher while he was in eighth grade was a turning point in his life (Haley, 1964). Malcolm’s English teacher, asked him of his plans for the future. And since Malcolm was a top student, he said he might like to become a lawyer. His teacher stated to him “Malcolm, one of life’s first needs is for us to be realistic..You need to think about what you can be” (Haley, 1964) that was the moment when racism hit Malcolm with its full force for the first time. Malcolm recognized a difference between being smart, and being as intelligent as whites. This determination was based on the color of his skin. That day, Malcolm X was forever changed inside and he drew away from the white people. Malcolm X had become conscious of his differences of skin color. He stated, “Where nigger had slipped off my back before, now I stopped and looked at whoever said it” (Haley, 1964). He became uncomfortable in the city of Mason and the white family of the
Date: July. 13th.
Malcolm X’s Writing Strategies
The passage “Hair” was from the Autobiography of Malcolm X, written by Malcolm X and his partner Alex Haley. In the passage, Malcolm X recorded his experience of straightening his hair, and showed his main idea in the end of it. By creating this article, Malcolm X revealed the social morality of America in that time: The Blacks were despised by white people, but they were wrongheaded that even though they may…
"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
Thesis Statement: Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence.
I. Malcolm X opposed the mainstream civil rights movement, publicly calling for black separatism and rejecting nonviolence and integration…
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
By Malcolm X & Alex Haley
Chapter One: Nightmare
When Malcolm Little’s mother is pregnant with Malcolm, Ku Klux Klan members break the windows of his family’s house in Omaha, Nebraska. The white supremacists’ target is Malcolm’s father, Earl Little, a tall, black Baptist preacher from Georgia, because he works for Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which supports the return of American blacks to Africa. Malcolm is Earl’s seventh and lightest-skinned…
describes how Malcolm traveled around the world and met with Jan Carew during the last year of his political life. Malcolm made more speeches in America and around the world, to join all the African people around the world to fight for freedom. Malcolm distanced himself with his family while he is with Elijah Mohamed and his ideologies. Malcolm cannot stand anymore dividing the black nation and he chose to break with Elijah Mohamed. However, Malcolm came back to his community and stood with black people…
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The autobiography of Malcolm X tells the life story of Malcolm X, a black male that
grew up a troubled teen turned criminal to become a renowned and controversial
speaker. Born Malcolm Little in Lansing, Michigan he transformed from a misbehaving
boy in school to a man who gave hope to black people . The book starts with Malcolm
telling about his childhood. Malcolm’s childhood was grim and thus set the tone of the
entire book. He introduces readers to his father who was an antiwhite…
The Legacy of Malcolm X
Malcolm Little, also known as Malcolm X, heavily influenced the world based on his beliefs and preachings. The question is, how did Malcolm X’s actions to take a stand for his beliefs contribute to society and future generations? This controversial black leader has left an impact on the world and has influenced new ideas. Malcolm X has proven that he has taken a stand by noticing what was wrong with the world and what he believed should be changed. He developed new ideas and…
Malcolm X, a Muslim preacher, accomplished tons of things that ordinary people could not accomplish but the end had to come to Malcolm X. He did a lot of things in his life. But we don’t know everything about him.
Malcolm was born on May 19 in Omaha, Nebraska. When Malcolm was a young boy, his mother told him this account of how racist violence had threatened the life of his family even before he was born. This heritage of racial violence places him symbolically in a long time of black freedom fighters…
The Malcolm X film by Spike Lee was a great dramatic bibliography. In this film it goes through how Malcolm lived his life until the day he died. The movie starts from Malcolm's early years as a hustler and hanging out with White people, to becoming one of the most powerful African American leaders in history. The movie shows how one person can affect so many lives and how one person can change so many things. All though the way Malcolm viewed things was not always in a positive way he…
Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 in Lansing Michigan. He grew up in extreme hardship and poverty. Malcolm’s father was a preacher and follower of Marcus Garvey. Malcolm’s father died a violent death, he was tied down to train tracks by white sirpremeses Malcolm’s mother was left on her own to raise eight children. She had a mental breakdown due to the stress. Malcolm was later separated from his siblings and put into foster care and was in and out of detention homes. He was adopted by a white…
Malcolm X was one of the prominent black leaders of the 18th century and still holds a remarkably crucial spot in the history of United States. He was the Key spokesperson of Nation of Islam and founder of the OAAU (organization of African American Unity), Malcolm X was a great teacher, a man of god, and a true non-violent warrior.
In this essay I would like to discuss the three main phases of Malcolm’s life and how he was shaped into these phases. Also the contribution of Malcolm X, in eradicating…