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Kerynne Tejada English 134-24 10 October 2010 Assignment #8 1. Malcolm X’s thesis is that the conk and other ways that African Americans use to make their hair look “white” is a self-degrading expression against the identity of being black. He states this in the beginning of paragraph twenty-three: “This was my first really big step toward self- degradation: when I endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man’s hair.” Malcolm believes that whenever a black man conks his hair or when a black
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Unformatted text preview: woman wears a wig, they are trying to look and become more acceptable to the average white American’s version of “beauty”. 4. Malcolm X states that he admires those black men who can live with their true identity as African Americans. This means he admires those who do not conk their hair or wear fake wigs. This is exhibited at the end of twenty-fifth paragraph when he says, “I admire any Negro man who has never had himself conked, or who has had the sense to get rid of it—as I finally did.”...
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