Both Arthurs had a lot of differences that could easily be pointed out Of

Both arthurs had a lot of differences that could

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Both Arthurs had a lot of differences that could easily be pointed out. Of course, Douglass was born into slavery and worked as a slave up until he escaped for freedom. Malcolm was not born a slave but he was born into a violent time where being African American and advocating for the rights of your community lead to his father being killed in violence. Douglass encountered years of physical and mental abuse from his slave holders and Malcolm grew up with his siblings and mother in the same house hold and had an opportunity to get an education. Douglass however didn’t have the opportunity to learn anything but how to serve the white man, and when he was being taught to read it “made him an unfit slave”. It may seem difficult to figure out what Douglass and Malcom had in common but if you read between the lines of their lives there is a connection. Both authors went to jail—for different
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reasons but they both went. Malcom was sent to jail for his involvement in robberies, and Douglass was sent to jail for the assumption of trying to escape slavery. Both men hated whites during a point in their life. Fredrick stated in his narrative, “The motto I adopted when I started from slavery was this – “Trust no man!” I saw every white man as an enemy..” I believe these feelings developed from the years of slavery he experienced. Malcom described himself as the one with the lightest complexion in his family and then said, “But, still later I learned to hate every drop of that white… blood that is in me (567).” One of the biggest connections that was shown in both of their text was them learning to read. Douglass received aid in the first step of learning how to spell and say letters, but once the help stopped, he found ways to continue to feed himself knowledge. Malcolm had a chance to pick up a book and read or ask someone around him to help him improve his writing skills, but he took a different route. It took for him to be incarcerated to begin his process but for some people it takes a little more for them to notice the important things there missing in life. Although their stories were completely different it was an eye opener to see how both men are now so influential but they took two different paths to create their success stories.
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Work Cited Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself . Newcastle Group, 2014.
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