Malcolm X 's Autobiography : The Black Population Of America

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Malcolm X’s autobiography is a detailed story written as a parable to inspire and educate others. The intent of the book is clear, to change minds and to improve minds. In this autobiography, Malcolm X speaks to, and for all people of all races and backgrounds. Anyone who comes in contact with even a portion of this book is bound to have a new insight on the world we live in, racism worldwide, or even their own life. From the beginning of his autobiography and further on, Malcolm X’s main audience is the Black population of America. The first chapters are for Black people to relate to, or to realize that their experiences are valid and were unfair. Malcolm X’s encounter with a young white boy during his childhood is one of his first lessons of unfairness. For context, Malcolm X had worked all day at a local farm, and earned a whole dollar. In the year 1934, the time of this incident, a dollar was worth roughly eighteen dollars in 2016 American currency (www.dollartimes.com). Hungry and poor as his family was, a dollar could feed them for days. The white boy, Richard Nixon, claimed to be playing a game of “matching nickels”. Being much older and experienced with gambling than Malcolm X, Nixon walked away with the dollar, and all of his change. The lesson of this story can only be quoted, “It 's like the Negro in America seeing the white man win all the time. He 's a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt to our…

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