Blind Conformity - on essay written by Malcolm X

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Blind Conformity

In today's world it is often difficult to adjust to one type of lifestyle or another.

The constant bombardment of outside opinions hamper our ability, as humans, to choose

and be comfortable with a certain way of living. Our way of living may consist of a look,

a way of thinking, a religion, or any facet of our personalities that may not conform with

whatever is the norm or the accepted at a given time. When this is the case, we sometimes

feel forced to change, thus we are susceptible to blind conformity. The word conformity

comes from the Latin words con, which means with or together, and forma, which means

to shape or mold. Therefore, blind conformity is actually a molding of ourselves together

with what is said to be normal in society instead of using our differences to enhance

ourselves as humans. Known for having strong opinions, Malcolm X seems to be an

unlikely victim of blind conformity.

However, as shown in his essay, My First Conk,

Malcolm X, in fact, was victimized by this malignant disease. Straightening black hair,

though, is just one impulse that is bought on by blind conformity. Changing one's self to

look or behave like another because it is more desired by the public is due to a

disregarding of one's self-claimed morals and values, an over emphasis of the media and

outside opinions, and an insecurity which most of us unfortunately have.

In My First Conk, Malcolm X assured that black people were being brainwashed

to believe that they actually were inferior to white people, thus they conked their hair.

They were, essentially, giving up what they were fighting for as far as civil rights- the right

to be who they were and also be accepted by society. Therefore,