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Malcolm Xs life as much as I would like to deny it has a striking congruency with some Nietzschean principles Going from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz the man most famously known as Malcolm X experienced similar metamorphoses found within Nietzsches path to overman Malcolm X willed himself to overcome all prejudices and become great In addition Malcolm X used many of the new ideas Nietzsche brought to conventional wisdom Though all this seems to make Malcolm X comparable to Nietzsche it is only partially true When we look at Malcolm Little we see that as an individual he was entrenched in racist indoctrination Just as Nietzsche believed that Christianity caused people to suffer under racism and white Christianity Malcolm Little was oppressed For example when he believed he wanted to be a lawyer he was shot down because he was a Negro and told to become a carpenter In this case we can apply the same idea that the weak and bitter white people encouraged him to be meek and submissive to not be everything that he could be Like Christianity creating a slave morality this racist attitude did the same Malcolm eventually becomes addicted to drugs a hustler and a criminal This is the type of destruction Nietzsche believed nihilism caused One day Malcolm gets convicted to ten years of prison In prison Malcolm gets revealed to the Nation of Islam and starts to change Malcolm in prison provides an excellent example of overcoming and self-mastery by educating himself Starting with the dictionary so to he could write letters to Elijah Muhammad to reading stacks upon stacks of books he forces himself to absorb all the knowledge he could especially of black culture He even joins the debate team in prison and becomes like the lion and starts to attack Christianity and the white man The white man is the devil His belief in the Nation of Islam causes
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