January 12, 2014
The Social Impacts of Malcolm X
The Black Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century pushed for and achieved different levels equality through its many prominent activists. Prior to the movement, millions of Black Americans faced brutal abuse and segregation with little to no government action taking place against such wrongdoings. The movement included passionate advocates for black equality such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. These civil and human rights activists inspired millions of Americans to join in the cause for justice and equality for all through their many unique styles. Malcolm X was one prominent civil rights activist known for his fiery demeanor and controversial beliefs. The underlining aspect in Malcolm’s life was that he adamantly believed in was the importance to the devotion of Islam. Through the religion Islam Malcolm X identified himself as a human being and used his knowledge to inspire others. Malcolm X’s relationship with Islam advanced him as a civil rights activist among black Americans, which promoted social change. In his childhood, Malcolm X experienced blatant racism towards his family. Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha Nebraska on May 19, 1925. He was the son of Baptist Minister Earl Little and his mother Louise Norton Little and one of four children. Malcolm Little’s father preached that black Americans deserved the same rights as white Americans, but as a result of the times blacks made less money and were persecuted by the KKK. Malcolm Little would attend his father’s sermons and recalled being very proud of his father for standing up for racial equality. While Malcolm Little agreed with his father’s belief about equality he could not grasp the spiritual aspects of the sermons as a child. Malcolm Little later looked back at this moment in his life saying, "Even at that young age, I just couldn't believe in the Christian concept of Jesus as someone divine, and no religious person, until I was a man in my twenties and then in prison could tell me anything” (Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X1). Malcolm Little was a victim to racist actions, which destabilized his family. A white supremacists group murdered Malcolm Little’s father as a result of his support for civil rights. Mrs. Little became widowed, struggled to make money, and was deemed unfit to care for her children and was sent to a mental facility. Malcolm Little and his siblings were quickly separated between family friends and foster homes leaving Malcolm to temporarily live at a foster home. Despite the destabilization Malcolm Little continued to perform especially well at a new school he attended; however, that did not last as a consequence to continual racist actions he experienced. Malcolm Little consistently achieved at the top of his class academically over his white classmates. Towards the end of his 8th grade year Malcolm Little’s favorite teacher asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. When Malcolm Little told him he hoped to be a lawyer, his teacher told him that was “an unrealistic goal for a nigger.” Malcolm Little was devastated by his teacher’s comments. Malcolm Little was devastated because he did not understand why he could not be a lawyer if he was just as smart or smarter than his white classmates.
As a result of these racist experiences Malcolm Little dropped out of school and began to participate in illegal actions when he moved to his sister’s home in Boston. Eventually he became involved with drugs and alcohol. Malcolm Little stayed demoralized and no longer cared about what happened to his life. Soon, he began committing burglaries by stealing valuables from wealthy Boston homes. When the police were after him, he took the train from Boston to Harlem, New York. When Malcolm Little first discovered Harlem, he had never been anywhere with such a diverse African American Community. There he continued illegal...
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