Going through the pain of the hot lye burning in been practiced or exposed more often to demonstrate that they were more than just colored people living beneath white supremacy, but people with brains and thoughts. What they failed to realize was that they have lost their sense of identity, stated Malcom X. Sophia has white boyfriends in addition to Malcolm, but Malcolm keeps her as a status symbol. Now white people no longer had to degrade African Americans, because they were doing it themselves. They are black men and woman trying to live their lives in a community where the whites are superior and the blacks are inferior.
Thesis A strong bond with his father had a great impact on personal values, national ideas and life philosophy of Malcolm X. When Malcolm told him that he would like to become a lawyer, Mr. Shorty immediately takes Malcolm under his wing, giving him pocket money and arranging a job for him. Also, the people in the ghetto did not seem as affected as Ella's friends. This was never done to truly satisfy a personal desire. Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister, leader and human rights activist. His career lasted through only two fights, both of them against a white boy named Bill Peterson.
Following his pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he came back with a new understanding of integration and that not all whites were evil. When he speaks of self-degradation, Malcolm X continues to describe how the burning of someone's scalp in order to gain the approval of white society, a society that does not accept them because they are African American, shows that the person is ahsamed of their heritage. Although his father was a minister, Christianity was never an important factor in Malcolm's life. Malcolm went on to further more explain that a black person straitening their hair was an attempt to imitate the white race. Malcolm considered the move to Boston the most significant event of his early life.
Malcolm' father, Earl Little, a Baptist minister,. His views on civil rights and equality for blacks were strong and aggressive and could often be perceived as offensive to other blacks and all whites. When the ingredients for the conk were being mixed, the author describes the different changes it went through, how the mixture went from purple to yellow and how all of a sudden it was hot. Malcolm X criticized fellow civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr and this, coupled with his opposition to integration, created a fundamental disunity within. Malcolm sees blacks, unwilling to accept their true appearance, doing themselves physical harm in order to make their hair fit a white ideal of beauty. At first he explains how good the conk made him feel, later in his life he mentions that conking was his first step towards self-degradation. He felt that she had been the victim of forces beyond her control, of a white bureaucracy which treated its black subjects as things to be controlled rather than as people to be helped.
Enjoy the experience and let me know what you think. He had three children from a previous marriage Ella, Earl, and Mary, who lived in Boston. A conk straightened a black man's hair, so he could look more like a white man. Unfortunately, Malcolm X was drawn into trying to conform into society, and steered towards self-degradation. Piven addresses all men and women who experience a bad date, and does so in a humorous tone. When he first underwent this painful procedure he was ecstatic, but after many years of altering his appearance to be accepted into society, he understood the implications of what he and many other young black men were doing. He even goes as far as saying it makes blacks look foolish.
In his autobiography, Malcolm X tells the story of his first conk. However, the first part is only the mere steps of getting his first conk. Conking was a popular procedure done in black males to straighten their hair in 1940's. His purpose is to tell about the conk and how it makes him lose his identity for some time and how he can see how it does the same thing to other black men. In the excerpt taken from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm describes his first experience getting a conk, or hair straightened. As a proponent of self-defense, he was able to strengthen the notion of equality and inspire African Americans to vigorously resist racism.
African American men who got conks and women who wore wigs were just letting the white people degrade themselves even more. The overall thesis of this excerpt is that African Americans who conk their hair are degrading themselves and are showing that they are ashamed to be black. Malcolm gave many speeches and interviews to give, what he called Afro-Americans, faith, hope and confidence that one day things would change. He analyzed how having straight hair resemble the white race. The story starts with a young Malcolm X who is about to get his first conk, which is way to have hair chemically straightened, and the painful experience he was about to undergo.
The Nation of Islam believed that African Americans were the superior people, so for them there was no need to change their bodies to look like another race. Chapter Two deals with Malcolm's first close relationship with white people, at the county detention home in Mason, Michigan, where he was sent after his expulsion from school in 1938. The keepers of the home, Mr. The openness of life in the ghetto was a revelation to him — especially the number of interracial couples in public places. This is when Malcolm was trying to change his body to become a white man which as he is going through his past he realizes that this was not a good thing. The author stated that no matter where a negro resided, there was conking going around, and black woman wearing wigs of various colors to endure a white woman's appearance that hoped to give them a sense of class to their name.
He describes in great detail the steps from buying the materials, to mixing, to the conking, all the while describing how painful the process was. Malcolm X was a prominent civil rights leader in the 1960s that people either loved or hated. So it's not until he becomes integrated into Boston's city culture that he actually straightens his hair. This story brought a powerful image that shows us how strongly society controls us. This need to mesh with white society plagues blacks of all classes because the cost of not fitting in to white society is often too great. She began to buy necessities on credit and was finally forced to go on welfare. However, he later said that he felt that his classmates treated him more like the class pet than a human being.
After receiving good credit for this, he was transferred to Concord Reformatory for a year and three months. The welfare agents reported this and suggested that Malcolm be given to the custody of another family. Malcolm X preached about discrimination and racism in the midst all the hatred that surrounded him as well as African Americans in the community. The paper delves on the life of Malcolm X. He is showing that while they must strive towards the common, correct goal, they have also all faced the same perils and obstacles thrown at them by society.