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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM via web

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What words does Malcolm X use in Chapter Nineteen "1965" with the  possibility of his assassination?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:05 PM (Answer #1)

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Malcolm X is shown as a very shrewd and tactical figure in describing his assassination in the "1965" chapter of the book.  He understands that those who wish to kill him are very powerful, and little is served in identifying them by specific name in the book.  He also understands that with so much attention being placed on him with his efforts, little is served if he goes ahead and assigns blame to people who wish to take him down.  He identifies the multiple threats made aganst him in the chapter, but does not specifically target a group that could kill him.  Rather, he identifies a whole list of people who would be happy to see him away.  A major part of this would be the Nation of Islam, but Malcolm also identifies the American government, sections of the news media, and others who have done a good job in trying to silence him.  In articulating his feelings about death, the language used is reflective.  Malcolm X sees himself in the same light as others who have tried to change a social order where there is much in way of inertia and resistance.  He professes his willingness to embrace death if it will stop the cancer of racism that plagues all social orders.  The language and words used are reflective and indicate that while assigning blame is not as important, a larger issue and configuration is present in ensuring that the work to which he has devoted himself is not in vain even if he should come to pass on into that "time for martyrs."

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