Malcom X Review (3of8)

Malcom X Review (3of8) - contact with the white man. He...

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Chris Kokkinis American Pluralism UGC 211 “Malcolm X” Reading February 12, 2007 “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X is a first-person narrative of his own experiences in Norfolk Prison Colony. It begins as a story of how, inspired by his own deficiency, he teaches himself to read and write. He tells us of how he spent up to fifteen hours each day reading through the pages of a dictionary and copying word-for-word each and every entry there was. Malcolm also mentions throughout the passage of his written correspondences with Elijah Muhammad, the American leader of the Nation of Islam. Through these letters, Malcolm X gains a great deal of interest in how history had become “whitened” when white men began writing the history books. He begins reading, as often as possible, about non-white civilizations throughout history. He puts quite a lot of emphasis on how nearly every non-white civilization has been harmed and afflicted by
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Unformatted text preview: contact with the white man. He truly does objectify the idea of the “white devil”, which he is notoriously known for. However, one of the underlying themes of this story is the myth of traditional education as the one way to better oneself. Malcolm X makes a reference near the end about how America’s education system, namely the higher education system, is a very inefficient system. He criticizes the fact that there are way too many distractions in the typical college or university. He alludes to the fact that higher education is more of a service industry than an actual education system. Going to a good school does not necessarily empower a person according to Malcolm X. Rather, the empowerment comes from the drive within to become knowledgeable and avoid a state of ignorance. The true power comes from within....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course UGC 211 taught by Professor Bramen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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