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Malcolm Little passively endures the experiences that
motivate his later obsession with racial politics in America. He
encounters open racism when whites murder his father and subtle
racism when white welfare agents institutionalize his mother. Though
Malcolm endures this racism quietly, it leads to his later development
of anti–white views. He ambitiously attempts to integrate himself
into his predominantly white junior high school, but his white teachers’
and classmates’ racism thwarts his development. Attempting to flee
the racist Midwest, Malcolm moves to Boston but finds racist dynamics exaggerated
in the large coastal cities. These early frustrations at the hands
of a society unwilling to accept his efforts to fit in build a separatist
fervor in Malcolm.
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