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Malcolm X Personality Malcolm X personality changed profoundly during his life Although he has always been the same person his life can be divided in four parts in which his character is as different as possible Malcolm Little He was the son of a Baptist preacher and follower of Garvey He was brought up in a hostile environment and always felt the hatred of white racists towards his family Alex Haley named the chapter of Malcolms childhood Nightmare The traumatic childhood experiences and the murder of his father by whites made it possible that Malcolm later believed that the white man is the devil The white government who was responsible for his beloved mothers insanity also nourished his hatred and racism Although willing to stay in the white society and to become a lawyer his teacher prevented him from studying law because he thought this was not appropriate for a Negro Detroit Red Not being able to get a good job Malcolm had to become a hustler to earn enough money for his excessive life style He became selfish and lost all his scruples In this society there was no place for mercy He did not fear any other people or death and used every kind of drugs Although he hated the whites he felt inferior and wanted to be like them Because of this he straightened his hair and had a white girlfriend When he was in prison he hated the Christian religion which he thought was a tool of the white society to keep the Negroes down This led him to the perception that there must be a religion for the black people Malcolm X When he found this religion Islam he felt an immense gratitude toward his saviour the honourable Elijah Muhammad He believed everything he said and was enormously devoted to finding new members for the Nation of Islam Now his hate energy
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