This paper addresses the complex and important issues of stratification and inequity that are presented throughout Malcolm’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
This paper gives a brief but succinct summary of the major events of Malcolm’s life, as outlined in his autobiography. It then delves into the reasons underlying the racism and inequality of the United States in Malcolm’s time. A brief history of slavery and the African-American experience explains the social conditions for African-Americans in the mid-1900s, in America. The paper also examines the reasons for Malcolm’s behavior in the social context of the 1940s to the 1960s in the United States. It describes if Malcolm’s conditions and treatment are similar to those experienced by other African-Americans, in the United States, during the same time frame. It provides a thorough sociological analysis of Malcolm’s behavior, in terms of the social conditions he was exposed to. Further, it describes Malcolm’s behavior in terms of the sociological concepts of both deterrence theory and labeling theory. The paper finally describes the presence of social conditions, in current United States society, that mirror those seen in the 1940s and the 1960s in the United States. It compares these social conditions to the social conditions that were seen in Malcolm’s “Autobiography of Malcolm X”.
“Malcolm X was one on the most controversial leaders in American history. His outspokenness about the plight of the African American people, and his close ties with the black Black Muslim movement made Malcolm X a highly feared black leader. He was known for inflammatory speeches, and his strong belief in the Black Muslim sect. Malcolm X sought out publicity, and was well known for his views on vengeance and retribution for the African American people.
“Malcolm X was born on May 19th, 1925, in Omaha Nebraska. Born Malcolm Little, his father was a Baptist minister, and a strong supporter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, run by Marcus Garvey. This organization encouraged African Americans to run their own businesses, and discouraged dependence on the culture and economy of white America.'”