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Unformatted text preview: Malcolm did well at the detention home. The keepers of the home, Mr. and Mrs. Swerlin, were kind to him, and he developed a much more positive attitude toward school. The high point of his career was being elected class president in the seventh grade. This was a real accomplishment in the eyes of the Swerlins because Malcolm was learning to succeed in terms negotiated by white society. During this period, Malcolm learned to be a submissive, well-behaved black male, but he was still unable to adapt fully to this situation. Near the end of Malcolm's first semester in the eighth grade, an incident occurred which became one of the major turning-points of his life. He was talking with his English teacher, Mr. Ostrowski, about future plans. When Malcolm told him that he would like to become a lawyer, Mr. Ostrowski said that that was "no realistic goal for a nigger," and advised him, instead, to try to become a carpenter...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09