Malcolm X 3


The road to equal rights for African Americans has been a long, hard, treacherous road that still continues today. Several prominent African American's have become strong leaders in the fight to bridge the racial gap. Malcolm X was one of the most celebrated of these leaders, some considered to be a hero, where others saw as a "racist monster." From negative racist experiences, early on, Malcolm learned to stand up for what he believed in. His critics portray him as an inately good man, but they criticise the way in which he makes his stands. Some would have liked to have seen him join forces with Martin Luther King Jr., another civil rights activist. Despite how he may be portrayed, ...

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Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient. I was born in trouble!
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, lost his Father, at the age of six, to violence of the Klu Klux Klan, although Newspapers at the time, reported differently "Earl Little, 41,…sustained fatal injuries… when he was run over by a streetcar…" (Myers 21) This tragedy, caused a great tear in Malcolm's family.
By the age of thirteen, Malcolm had seen his house burn down. He had been exposed to the violent death of his father, had known extreme hunger, had seen the slow breakdown of his mother, and had also seen brothers and sisters placed in homes. (Perry 32)
Years without proper schooling, left the troubled Malcolm to a life on the streets. While imprisoned on burlary charges, Malcolm found the Black Muslim movement, and the Islam religion.
Malcolm X, a man of strong morals, believed that:
power in defense of freedom, is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because ...

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was that Malcolm X supported violent action, when in fact he often told his followers that they should never initiate violence (Perry 283).
Many people wondered how appropriate Malcolm's ways of achieving his goals were, but questions aside, the critics praised Malcolm. Many white reporters and politians were pleased with Malcolm's respectful ways, he may critisize them but he did not treat them in an ungentlemanly manner. As he said to one audience of blacks, in respect to the white policemen: "maybe some of these blue-eyed devils in blue uniform here are really black. If any of them smiles, it's 'cause…he's a brother." (Perry 284) Malcolm was often noted for his ...

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