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Malcolm’s comment, made during his conversion to a more tolerant vision of Islam, that “my life has always been one of changes” alludes to his lifelong trajectory toward global tolerance. Though simple, this observation points to Malcolm’s openness to change, which in turn points to the sincerity of his quest to resolve the race issues that have always surrounded him. When, as Malcolm Little, he can no longer tolerate being treated as a pet, Malcolm leaves for the big city to explore his black identity. As Detroit Red he becomes notorious with musicians, gamblers, and hustlers in Boston and Harlem, but he eventually gives himself up after recognizing the emptiness of this fast lifestyle. In prison, Malcolm matures from a vicious inmate known as “Satan” into a voracious intellectual. He emerges as Malcolm X and, committed to getting people politically active, extends the Nation of Islam across the United States. Late in his life, as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm focuses on developing a global unity between oppressed peoples, finally convinced that a cooperative effort on the part of many groups can improve the lot of blacks everywhere. The lengthy and varied trajectory of his path shows that the poor race relations between blacks and whites in the United States constitute a complex problem with no easy solution.
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