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Blind Conformity In todays world it is often difficult to adjust to one type of lifestyle or another The constant bombardment of outside opinions hamper our ability as humans to choose and be comfortable with a certain way of living Our way of living may consist of a look a way of thinking a religion or any facet of our personalities that may not conform with whatever is the norm or the accepted at a given time When this is the case we sometimes feel forced to change thus we are susceptible to blind conformity The word conformity comes from the Latin words con which means with or together and forma which means to shape or mold Therefore blind conformity is actually a molding of ourselves together with what is said to be normal in society instead of using our differences to enhance ourselves as humans Known for having strong opinions Malcolm X seems to be an unlikely victim of blind conformity However as shown in his essay My First Conk Malcolm X in fact was victimized by this malignant disease Straightening black hair though is just one impulse that is bought on by blind conformity Changing ones self to look or behave like another because it is more desired by the public is due to a disregarding of ones self-claimed morals and values an over emphasis of the media and outside opinions and an insecurity which most of us unfortunately have In My First Conk Malcolm X assured that black people were being brainwashed to believe that they actually were inferior to white people thus they conked their hair They were essentially giving up what they were fighting for as far as civil rights- the right to be who they were and also be accepted by society Therefore the conking of their hair was a hypocrisy and a contradiction of all their morals and values Blind conformity caused them to
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