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…
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…
Malcolm X was incarcerated for seven years, he was a street hustler convicted of robbery in 1964. During that time it was that Malcolm X became a disciple of Mr. Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm also began to educate himself because of his increasing frustration of not being able to express himself in the letters that he wrote to Mr. Muhammad. Malcolm X believed that it was up to the individual to want to learn and educate themselves. Malcolm x effectively uses personal experience to persuade his general…
"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
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…
Witness to the Assassination of Malcolm X
John W. Brown
December 3, 2012
Witness to the assassination of Malcolm X
Malcolm Little was born in Omaha Nebraska on May 19, 1925. He later had a name change which then became Malcolm X. He graduated from junior high where he was top in the class. Malcolm and an old friend were arrested and convicted on burglary charges and served 10 years in prison, he only served 7 of the 10 years.
According to Http://www.malcomx…
Grade 12 Law | Jon DeGroot, Billy Bartens | February 23, 2015
May 19th 1925, a day where one of the most influential African Americans would be
born into a world where pigment would define him as a second class citizen. Malcolm Little
was born Omaha, Nebraska. His family could not shelter the thriving racism even before he
was born, Malcolm would be a “negroe.”
The little family was one of many victims to the days popular racial groups. Reason
being, they were simply black. H…
Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X; Who’s philosophy made the most sense?
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were the most influential leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s that reshaped American society. Both were charismatic leaders whose purpose was to bring equal rights and a positive sense of black identity to African Americans, but their philosophies and methods differed. Martin Luther King was a strong advocate of racial integration and Malcolm X believed in racial…
Malcolm X was an activist that was born in May 19, 1925 in Omaha Nebraska. Malcolm X went through many changes in his fight for equality for blacks. Some of the transformations that really changed the way Malcolm thought and preached were the transformation in prison, his transformation into the Islamic religion, and his transformation of pilgrimage to Mecca. In my opinion he was one of the greatest activists that fought racism, discrimination, and segregation.
Before Malcolm became a great…
mad at society, because it was racist. He didn’t believe that blacks and whites could live together. When he joined the National of Islam, he reaffirmed those beliefs through their ideology. After he traveled to Mecca he saw that Muslims – blacks and whites - lived together and they didn’t have the racism present in the U.S. He was mad at himself because he was part white. Malcolm himself is a hybrid. He’s the result of the mixing of blacks and whites in America. Literally, X himself was part white…