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mrdegges | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM via web

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What is suprising to Malcolm when he visits Washington D.C.? Explain why he's not worried after he's fired by the railroad company.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM (Answer #1)

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When Malcolm X visits Washington D.C., he is surprised by the contrast between the living conditions of most black residents and the elegance of the government buildings.  He points out that, just a few blocks from the Capitol Building, he saw really disgusting living conditions.  He saw all sorts of gamblers and prostitutes and kids begging for money at midnight.  This seemed completely wrong to him.

He's not worried about being fired by the railroad because there's so much demand for railroad workers (because it's WWII and lots of the men are off fighting) that he is easily able to get hired again.

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