Autobiography of Malcolm X

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda…I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”- Malcolm X. In a time of much strife, conflict, and inequality, one man stood out in search of truth and equality for all. As other activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully staged their protests, Malcolm X looked for immediate resolution, through any means. He is one of the most influential and controversial people in history, and his autobiography thoroughly expresses his world changing views.

The 1960’s truly were the time for a change to happen. Post- World War II, the country strived in a new direction, quickly advancing in technology and sociology, as peoples’ minds opened up to the rest of the world.

Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit at the back of the bus brought the subject of racism into the national mainstream, and many movers and shakers took note of this blatant inequality in the nation in which “all men are created equal.” Leaders came from everywhere to strike up and rebel against the set system to make a change for the good of the country. Malcolm X was the most controversial and one of the most effective leaders of this movement.

Malcolm’s distaste for the problems with the country stemmed from his early childhood in Omaha, Nebraska. During his youth, the Midwest was ripe with discrimination, as his father was murdered and he was taken away from his mother. This extreme adversity lit the fire inside of him to fight for a change later on in life.

After being separated from his parents, he moved to...