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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
as told to Alex Haley


Malcolm X had a hard life. He struggled with coexitsting with whites all

of his life. He had many trials and tribulations during his time which

formed his opinions of races and equality between races. He was taught

his earlier opinions by his learning experiences and what he experienced

growing up. As he got older he developed a different sense of what

racism was and began to form his own leadership with many followers.

While a great deal of whites thought he was too outspoken and racist

himself, he just wanted to show the world through his own experiences

what equality is and he hoped to help the nation overcome the boundaries

that separated the whites from the blacks. He came to realize at the end

of his time that not all whites were racist and that there were many who

were set out to accomplish the same goal as he was, equality for all

regaurdless of race.

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Malcolm X who was born Malcolm Little was raised in a home

with his mother and father and siblings. His father was a Babtist

minister and was also involved with the UNIA. He was a outspoken

man who was proud of his race. His willingness to stand up for

his rights as a black man contributed to his murder. Malcolm

believes his father had been brainwashed by the whites because he
favored Malcolm more than the other children because he was light

skinned. His mother felt differently about him. She believed that

her grandfather who was a white man had raped her grandmother

and she was ashamed of the white blood running through her, she was

also light skinned but favored her children who were darker and

taught them to be proud of their black heritage, even moreso than

her husband. Malcolm and his family were the victims of the Klu

Klux Klan, they attacked the Little home because they percieved

his father to be a troublemaker because he was so outspoken and

involved with the UNIA. After Malcolm was born the family moved

in hopes of a better start and the trouble followed them. Their home

was set on fire because his father wanted to own his own business and

live outside the boundaries set for blacks to live. The "Black Legionnaires" The Autobiography of Malcolm X 3

felt like they were being disrespected and tried to run the family off.

The family did move and that move was economically advantageous for

the family. Malcolms father built a 4 bedroom home and they were able

to grow their own food as well. Malcolms home life was quite unstable,

his parents often fought and life was unstable. Social workers were

involved with the family and eventually they took the children out of the

home and put them in temporary homes. At this point in his life, he had

already been witnessed to the cruel and unusual punishment factored

by race and he developed strong opinions of his outlook on whites and

blacks. He felt like whites treated him as a mascott of sorts and that

just because he was black that he was not human. He struggled with

stability in his life and his ideas of separatism and inequalities drove him

to a lifestyle of crime and troublemaking. His sister tried to help him

but to no avail. He got in with the wrong crowd and began hustling to

make money. He got involved with dangerous criminals who eventually

were out to get him. During his crime spree of robbing he got busted and

wound up in jail where he learned of the Muslim religion. During his life

he didnt have any real religious backround, even though his dad was a

minister, religion was not the focus in the house, the focus was more

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on militant issues. Malcolm had deep hatred for...
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