The Autobiography of Malcolm X | Book Review

The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.

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This is the life story of Malcolm Little, later Malcolm X, later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. As are most white people in this country, I was led to believe that Malcolm X was just an angry, militant racist who wanted to kill white people in the same way that angry, militant racists in the South want to kill black people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” – Malcolm X

The voice of Malcolm X was powerful, unbridled and simply heroic. He is one of the most quotable men of the twentieth century:

“In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.”

“It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come. ”

“I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being–neither white, black, brown, or red; and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there’s no question of integration or intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living around and with another human being.”

“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”

The color-blindness of the Muslim world’s religious society and the color-blindness of the Muslim world’s human society: these two influences had each day been making a greater impact, and an increasing persuasion against my previous way of thinking.

Once in a great while, you read a book, and it changes your life forever. For me, this was one of those books.