This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Malcolm X Essay

649 words - 3 pages

Michel Rodrigues
ENG 095-111
Writing Prompt #2
Option 4

A Case of Racism

Good morning people of the jury. What if I told you, you aren’t aloud to have dreams? What if I told you that your goals aren’t prudent and that you will have to settle for less? What if I told you that as a child you would be stripped of all your aspirations and that you would never amount to the capabilities of your peers? Finally what if I told you that the reason why you cannot have these dreams and why your goals aren’t prudent and why you will never amount to your peers are because of your skin color. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury what if I told you that in your academic career you would be a victim to racism.
If I held a position where I influence you, logically everything I say or do can have a dramatic impact on your life. ...view middle of the document...

Malcolm stated that the students, “All reported that Mr. Ostrowski had encouraged what they had wanted, yet nearly none of them had earned marks equal” (Mascot, pg. 34) to his own. Even though he was the smartest in the class, he still wasn’t intelligent enough, like his fellow classmates to be what he wanted to be (Mascot, pg. 34). What I find to be interesting is that Malcolm was never capable of reading or writing during his younger years at school and it would be in prison that he learned to read and write. Malcolm said, “I could for the first time pick up a book and read now begin to understand what the book was saying.”(Learning to read, pg. 1.) How could his teachers consider him as an academic star with no actual content to grade? Or was it only based off behavior? Malcolm X received good grades because as long as he was following the rules and wasn’t acting up he would then be categorized as a good student in Mr. Ostrowski eyes. Now I ask you, what happened if Malcolm did step out of line and did act up, what happens then?
People of the jury, what if you had walked into a classroom one day with a hat on and your teacher ordered you to keep the hat on, and told you to walk around and around the room until he told you to stop and said “ that way, everyone can see you. Mean while, we’ll go on with class for those who are here to learn.”(Mascot pg. 27) Is this ethical for a teacher to be doing this to you a student, to ridicule you the “smartest” kid in class just because you walked in the classroom with a hat? What if told I you Mr. Ostrowski said this to you, would you feel like he’s reprimanding you just because of a silly hat? Now close your eyes and imagine if you were White. (A time to kill)

Works Cited
X, Malcolm. "Mascot." The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Print.
X, Malcolm. "Learning to Read." The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Print.
A Time to Kill. Dir. Joel Schumacher. Warner Home Video, 1997. Film.

Other Papers Like Malcolm X Essay

Malcolm X Essay

1675 words - 7 pages Malcolm X Malcolm X in my eyes can be one of the most inspiring human in anyone’s life. When he was young he was adventurous and did not stay tied down to one city or town. He was born in May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. The family had soon moved to Lansing, Michigan where Malcolm spent most of his childhood. Soon after Malcolm dropped out of junior high, his sister Ella opened an opportunity for him to leave Lansing and go to Roxbury

Malcolm X Thesis Paper

1370 words - 6 pages organizations that support change. Malcolm X is one strong example of an African American man who became apart of a group acted against it, uniting people to promote the advancement of colored people and change. Malcolm's thoughts towards race and civil right in the previous years were displayed in a less way to the people and "by any means necessary" perspective. After his pilgrimage in 1964 his view of civil rights had quickly changed into a more

Malcolm X and Douglass

1214 words - 5 pages that hold it down. Fredrick Douglass and Malcolm X both shared the unfortunate common bond of oppression and enslavement and both found salvation and liberation through reading. Though the commonality of liberation was shared, the stories by which their journeys were told couldn’t have differed more. Through the essays of “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X and “Learning to Read and Write” by Fredrick Douglass, we see how their rhetorical techniques

A Deeper Look Into Malcolm X

1482 words - 6 pages Bang! Bang! One of the most argumentatively predominant civil rights leaders was murdered in the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on February 21, 1965 (Malcolm X Bio). Malcolm X spent his whole life contributing to African-American civil rights. You may have already heard of him in the history books; however, there is a lot of information that they do not say. Malcolm used his religion and radical viewpoints, which may be why so much information

Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Leaders

820 words - 4 pages His/145 | Civil Rights Movement | Malcolm X and Martin Luther King | Rose Carr 3/7/2010 | Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were very important to our country’s history. They are revolutionary men. They fought battles against a bigoted nation. They fought for what they believed was right. The two gentlemen however fought very different battles although they seem to be fighting the same prejudice. If you ask anyone

Jfk, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X

769 words - 4 pages with the civil rights movement. The speaker of the last speech is Malcolm X, who was another prominent figure during the Civil Rights era. Malcolm X gave an alternative view to the movement, where he advocated for the establishment of a separate black community (instead of integration) and for the use of violence in self defense. 2. Compare the main ideas of each of the three speeches. What do they have in common and where do they

Malcolm X V. Martin Luther King

1113 words - 5 pages Malcolm X is evoked as one of the greatest and influential African American figures, at the same time degraded for the violence he provoked as well as his black supremacy teachings. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the other hand, is recognized as the greatest influential character in the black Civil Rights Movement, with teachings of non-violent resistance and equal rights for blacks and whites. After spending several years in prison, Malcolm

The Education of Richard Rodriguez and Malcolm X

1222 words - 5 pages reading about the educations of Richard Rodriguez and Malcolm X there were some things I found quite interesting because of the environments they were in while receiving an education. Although the educations of Richard Rodriguez and Malcolm X are similar in that it gave both men the desire to become more knowledgeable, Richard Rodriguez's search led him away from his culture while Malcolm X's brought him closer to his, and Rodriguez's education was

Malcolm X Versus Martin Luther King Junior’s Methods for Fighting Against Injustice

1099 words - 5 pages Malcolm X Versus Martin Luther King Junior’s Methods for Fighting Against Injustice As we all may notice in history, there are no two great men that are alike. With contrasting personalities, both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. play an important role in American history. They were prominent African American figures who stood up for what they believed in, however, they went about acting on their vision in separate ways. Their many beliefs

Martin vs. Malcom

734 words - 3 pages taught that “The white race had been brainwashed blacks to be patient while enduring injustice on this earth. [Background Essay PG 2 Paragraph 4] In 1967 after parting from the Nation of Islam Malcolm believed that “the economic philosophy if Black Nationalism puts the burden upon the black men of learning how to control his own economy.” [Document G] Are Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. after the same goal? King believed that Boycott

Unchained Slaves

864 words - 4 pages start setting our own standards to live to. Another thing that I associate with black conformity is our attitudes toward our hair. Black people seem to have a problem with their hair. They hate the kinky, coarse strands that cover their heads, and will try anything to achieve what society suggests is “good hair”. Malcolm X, one of the biggest supporters of black identity, shows how he fell victim to conformity in his essay “My First Conk”. In

Related Essays

Essay Regarding A Comparison Of Tactics Used By Malcolm X And By Anti Vietnam War Protesters During The 1960's And 1970's

1237 words - 5 pages "Black power will smash everything Western civilization has created." With these types of attitudes, militant black leaders such as Malcolm X methods of attempting to gain African Americain equality through whatever means necessary differed drastically from the generally peaceful methods of the anti-Vietnam protests that occurred in the late 1960's. Publications from Malcolm X and other militant leaders show their extreme but perhaps

Malcolm X: The Great Escape Essay

646 words - 3 pages Cleon Williams Professor Johnson English 1102 19 September 2012 Malcolm X: The Great Escape It was amazing to me that Malcolm started out just another uneducated African-American in prison, and became a well-known human rights activist. (Malcolm X) “Without education, you’re

Malcolm X Learning To Read Essay

648 words - 3 pages Ryan Pearcy Critical Task Eng 121 Malcolm X: Learning to Read They say knowledge is power. I choose to believe the saying should be the implementation of knowledge is power. What good is knowledge if you do nothing with it? The time that Malcolm X spent reading, gaining knowledge, and then applying this knowledge in his beliefs is remarkable. Reading is the key to growing our intellectual minds and Malcolm X is a great example of this

Malcolm X Essay

996 words - 4 pages direction whether it caused a little altercation or not, because it had to be done!Who was Malcolm X? He was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska to J. Early Little and M. Louise Morton. Humans are shaped through personal interactions and expectations, during their youth years, needless to say that Malcolm X, had a rough childhood. From experiencing his father being killed, by White Supremacists and having to move multiple times due to many threats