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The lifestyle of Detroit Red, the name Malcolm adopts
as a hustler, illuminates the moral decay plaguing the ghetto. Fresh
from Michigan, young Malcolm Little quickly adopts zoot suits, slang,
drugs, and gambling, showing how easy it is to be seduced by fast-paced nightlife.
Earning the nickname “Detroit Red” for his bright red hair, he learns
to conduct business and ruthlessly fend for himself, laying the
ground for his later argument that living in the ghetto encourages
deceit and destruction. Detroit Red has few ethical restraints but
many social insights. His philosophy requires that he trust no one,
know his enemy well, and carefully defend his public image. Detroit
Red represents the fact that many black people struggle just to
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