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West and Torgovnick Manichean Ideologies Both Cornel West and Marianna De Marco Torgovnick discuss the idea of supremacy Manichean theologies and authoritarian behavior in their essays However they deal with these ideas differently and for different reasons In Wests essay Malcolm X and Black Rage he explains Mal colm Xs views on how to transfer black rage in such a way that it would reject supremacy In Torgovnicks essay On Being White Female and Born in Bensonhurst she writes how her hometown held supremacist ideas and how this af fected her West is still pursuing the goal of black free dom by looking into the past especially Malcolm Xs writ ings Whereas Torgovnick kind of runs away from things and refers to living in Bensonhurst as having simultaneously choking and nutritive power This difference is mainly due because West wants to try to make things better while Torgovnick leaves her hometown feeling that she needs to start things over Torgovnick writes about supremacist ideas in her cul tural background For example she says Italian Americans in Bensonhurst are notable for their cohesiveness and pro vinciality the slightest pressure turns those qualities into prejudice and racism Torgovnick 123 In other words there is a lot of racism and prejudice especially towards Hawash 2 blacks in Bensonhurst Torgovnicks father also held supremacist ideas Her father reacted with indifference to the death of a black man in Bensonhurst As Torgovnick writes Oh no my father says when he hears the news about the shootingHe has no trouble acknowledging the wrongness of the deathThe explanation is right before him but Yeah he says still shaking his head yeah but what were they doing there Torgovnick 125 Even though he recognizes the wrongness of the death he says the blacks werent supposed to be there His reason for his death holds supremacist ideas because here he is being a racist To say that blacks dont
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