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ch 9 Malcolm X - John Rankin Eng 110H Make Your Own Malcolm...

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John Rankin Eng 110H 11/14/05 Make Your Own Malcolm X There are very few times when the perspective of a piece of writing will come into question. However, when comparing multiple accounts of the same occurrence, it becomes exceedingly clear that perspective is not only important by itself, but also helps to set the tone of a piece and in some cases give away the writer’s true purpose. A writer’s perspective is the key to understanding the mind behind the pen. Given multiple accounts of the assassination of Malcolm X, we can build a factual framework filled in by both racism and reverence for the fallen civil rights activist. Each testimony of the death of X comes laden with the attitudes and beliefs of its writer. The first article, which comes from the highly reputed New York Times, is laced with racist and pro-segregation ideas. In this article, Malcolm X is referred to as a militant Negro extremist. While it is true that X was a leader of a small minority movement which
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