Malcolm's wild manner got him fired from two successive railroad jobs, but eventually he found work as a waiter at Small's Paradise, one of the most famous nightclubs in Harlem. From other workers at Small's, and from the customers, Malcolm began to learn about Harlem. They told him about one white ethnic group repeatedly replacing another in that section of the city — until, finally, the blacks began moving in and drove out the last of the whites. They told him about the twenties, when Harlem had the best-known night spots in New York. But mostly he learned from the customers, many of whom were professional criminals, about the various rackets going on in the city — the numbers, pimping, selling drugs, and robbery. This information was to prove very useful to him. In Chapter Six, Malcolm describes the Harlem underworld and how he finally became a part of it
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