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Dong Hwan Oh History 40C September 5 2000 Malcolm X Humans are shaped through interactions and experiences with other individuals What happened to us in the childhood directly forms our identity character and morality To display causality of this statement I will examine childhood encounters of a man called Malcolm X and their impact Malcolm X is considered one of the greatest civil rights activists in history He was known for his somewhat violent message of blacks defending themselves Despite his original message he eventually became more peaceful toward whites However as his legacy was just beginning to change things for the good he was abruptly killed by gunmen Due to his indecisiveness and early death Malcolm X had a great yet inadequate impact on the civil rights movement Malcolm Little also known as Malcolm X experienced childhood full of hurdles He had to face them only because of the dark color of his skin One of those hurdles was the murder of his father who as Baptist minister fought for improvement of life of black community Wrongful death of a head of the family bestowed intensive psychological pressures and financial difficulties on Malcolm and his family Consequent unstable situation in the family forced very young Malcolm to steal starve and to look desperately for food Under these demoralizing circumstances at young age he was pressured to violate the law to fulfill the very basic need for food As soon as Malcolms mother unfairly lost her job because of her skin color welfare state people ate away familys pride and dignity Their forced visits and conversations disintegrated the family by telling them lies against each other Welfare people finally brought family to its knees and separated its members from each other Thus Malcolm was forced to leave behind the closest people to his heart That left him naked to racist acts opinions and judgments of white individuals who underestimated
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