Malcolm X : A Life Of Reinvention

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“The Klansmen shouted threats and warnings at her that we better get out of town because ‘the good Christian white people’ were not going to stand for my father’s ‘spreading trouble’ among the ‘good’ Negroes of Omaha.” Malcolm wrote this in his autobiography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, describing at the early age of six his first run in with the Ku Klux Klan. Due to his father’s, Earl Little, civil rights activism, the family had frequent harassment from a multitude of white supremacist groups. These moments of intense fear and violence is what shaped X’s views and also led him to be a crucial activist within the Civil Rights Movements through his religious and political views. In grade school, Malcolm’s life was far from a childhood of fun and learning. He was the only African American child in his class, causing him to feel out of place and alone. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, a common question that most children reply with astronaut or superhero, he replied simply, a lawyer. This is a realistic and attainable occupation, yet his white teacher seemed to believe it was an absurd answer considering Malcolm’s race. The teacher then replied that maybe he should dream of becoming a carpenter instead. In 1931, his father’s body was discovered lying across streetcar tracks. Although Malcolm X 's family believed his father was murdered by white supremacists from whom he had received frequent death threats, the police officially ruled Earl Little 's…

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