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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
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Malcolm X can essentially be described as a constantly evolving man. He has hard ideas but time and again he seems to have changed them. He grew up in a segregated town his father being killed, then he went to Boston and Harlem and became a hustler, then to jail where he relearned to read and write, then became a Minister in the Nation of Islam and then after the break with the Nation went to a more peaceful Islam as practiced in the Middle East.

The things I noticed about Malcolm X was his ability to dig deep into the layers of socio-economic and political aspects of society and how to use those to his advantage. He completely comprehended the box he was a part of and he made use of that for progressing the American Black. He understood the Art of War and a Foucaultian Care of the Self to lead a legitimate battle against the American White.

However, reading his autobiography has continued to show me that much of what is televised about American Blacks hasn't changed. Malcolm X covers how the media portrays blacks, the type of questions asked, the way they are portrayed and how the blacks in response behave. It is very much a Stanford Prison Experimentesque situation but in real life and with a real society.

Certain aspects of the book dragged on. Reading the story of Nation of Islam's creation myth sounded like reading about Scientology. But overall it is a book on a persons transformation and I believe Malcom X touched on those points.

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Reading Progress

February 5, 2010 – Shelved
September 16, 2015 – Started Reading
March 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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