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This 3 page paper compares the two books, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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in America, but they are very different. This paper briefly compares the two. Discussion The basic difference between them is that one is the history of a life, the other
is an examination of policy and a call to action based on that policy. Malcolm X follows his life history in a linear fashion. It begins with his birth in
1925, an event that came soon after a Ku Klux Klan attack on his familys home in Omaha, Nebraska (Simon, 2005). The family moved to Lansing, Michigan, "where one of
his earliest memories was seeing his home burnt down in 1929 by members of the Black Legion, a white fascist organization; later his fathers body was found hacked to death"
(Simon, 2005). The consequences of this mayhem were predictable: his mother "went mad under the weight of trying to bring up eight children alone in extreme poverty" (Simon, 2005). There
was no choice but to break up the family and Malcolm went to what is now called a foster home (Simon, 2005). It seemed that things might change for
him at that point, because although he was attending a mostly white school, he was well-liked and was seventh-grade class president (Simon, 2005). Then he had yet another encounter with
racism, this time not the violent confrontation of the KKK, but the institutionalized, systematic racism that is so much a part of America that most people dont recognize it for
what it is. When he told a white teacher he was thinking of becoming a lawyer, "the teacher suggested carpentry instead, saying, We all here like you, you know that,
but youve got to be realistic about being a nigger" (Simon, 2005). There was no offer to help a gifted student, no acknowledgement of his talent and ability, simply a