Malcolm X - Changes in Malcolm’s Perspective of White People

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Malcolm X - Changes in Malcolm’s Perspective of White People

Malcolm X was one of the primary religious leaders and reformers of the 1960, where he fought for and ultimately gave his life for racial equality in the United States. His father was a reverend who believed in self-determination and worked for the unity of black people. Throughout Malcolm’s life he was treated horribly by white people, hence shaping his misconceptions of all white people and developing his strong belief in black separatism. It wasn’t until years later where he embraced his black identity and discovered all races could live and work together for a common goal, brotherhood.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska. Malcolm’s
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Instead of going to school to get a traditional education, he dropped out of school at fifteen and learned the ways of the streets. Malcolm associated himself with thugs, thieves, dope dealers, and pimps. He was convicted of burglary at age twenty and remained in prison until he was twenty-seven. During his prison sentence, he became a changed man. He educated himself and he learned about and joined the Nation of Islam, studying the teachings of Elijah Muhammed. Elijah taught Malcolm how history had been “whitened by the white man” (p.184) and he echoed “the black convict’s lifelong experience” where “the white man is the devil,” (p. 186). This thought process encouraged many black inmates to discover the Nation of Islam.

Malcolm went on to become a minister where he spoke to his fellow Muslims and told them “next time you see a white man, think about the devil you are seeing…your foreparents’ bloody, sweaty backs that built his empire…” (p. 217). He spoke of how the black race needed to come together, without the help of white people, and become a strong union. He wanted the black community to start “self-correcting his own material, moral, and spiritual defects” (p.281). Malcolm shared the same belief as the racist white man when it came to interracial relationships: “in a world as color-hostile as this…..what do they want with a mate of the other race” (p. 282). Malcolm believed that the black race should not date or…

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