THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X 1 The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley ABSTRACT 2 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 imself, 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. The Autobiography of Malcolm X 3 Malcolm X who was born Malcolm Little was raised in a home with his mother and father and siblings. His father was a Babtist inister 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 aught 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 elt 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.
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