Malcolm X Essay

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Malcolm X








Malcom X
By: Sebastian Wong
All men are created equal. This statement was the basis of the civil right movements of
the 1960's. Malcom X is a man that promoted a society in which all human beings were
equally respected. He believes that blacks should achieve that goal by any means
necessary. In a time when blacks were not allowed to sit in the front of the bus, using
the same bathroom, or were not admitted to Universities. Malcom X's cry of justice was
believed to be the voice of all blacks behind closed doors.

Malcom Little grew up as poor and did not have much parental support. His father was run
over by a street car when he was six. Soon after his father's death, his mother was put in
a mental hospital. He grew up in East Lansing and Boston. He was a pimp, a hustler, drug
user, and a drug dealer. He worked in the Harlem underworld and was almost killed by his
boss after he betrayed him. Malcom turned to robbery and was caught by the police and
sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. While in jail, he was introduced to the Nation of
Islam, a Black Muslim group, and changed his name to Malcom X. The X replaced the slave
name that was given by the white masters and stands for the his real name that he never
knew.

After his release from prison he started preaching for the Nation of Islam (NOI). His
preaching was known for its hatred overtone. He describes America as a house with a
"bomb" inside and it is about to explode. Unless the white people want the house to
explode and kill everyone inside, they should take the bomb out and give it a house of
their own. His speeches were very popular among angry blacks and he was frequently on the
front page of the newspaper. It was rumored that other Nation of Islam members were
jealous about his popularity and worried about the power he was gaining.

After the JFK assassination, Malcom stated:
"President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon...
Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they
always made me glad."

After many death calls from irritated Whites, The Nation of Islam started to distance
themselves from Malcom. There was already friction between The Nation of Islam and they
did not want the Nation of Islam to get a bad name because of Malcom. Feeling pressure to
leave and felt betrayed by his church, he started the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
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