Malcolm was constantly made aware of the prejudice against skin color

Malcolm was constantly made aware of the prejudice against skin color

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Malcolm was constantly made aware of the prejudice against skin color. Because of her light  complexion, Mrs. Little was able to take sewing and household work with white families in Lansing,  but she was usually fired when the families discovered that she was black. She began to buy  necessities on credit and was finally forced to go on welfare. The combination of financial need and  injured pride led to a severe deterioration within the family. As the financial situation worsened, Mrs.  Little's mind seemed to fail, and she began to lose control of the children. Malcolm's first trouble with the authorities came at this time: he began to steal food and occasionally  would be caught. The welfare agents reported this and suggested that Malcolm be given to the  custody of another family. Fearful of losing him, Mrs. Little attempted to discipline him with frequent  whippings. But, because of Malcolm's independence, this only made matters worse.
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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.

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Malcolm was constantly made aware of the prejudice against skin color

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