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juskazz | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM via web

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Where is the jealousy that exists between the established order of the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The fundamental jealousy lies in how many within the organization perceive Malcolm's meteoric ascendancy with envy and resentment.  Few acknowledge how diligent Malcolm works and his unlimited reservoir of energy and enthusiasm in finding "lost souls" for the Nation.  Malcolm's efforts pay off with a national campaign and movement regarding the Nation of Islam.  The challenge is that most identify him, and not the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as the leader of the nation.  This causes some level of bitterness and resentment within the established order, causing Malcolm to the be the subject of quiet gossip and rumors and in receiving less coverage in the Nation of Islam newspaper.  While Malcolm was receiving coverage and publicity in mainstream news organization, it became telling that he was received lesser coverage in his own newspaper.  The jealousy that exists is spawned out of the growing division between Malcolm X and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.  It is for this reason that Malcolm finds himself increasingly on the periphery in the organization and how he ends up finding himself "out" of the organization by the end of the chapter.

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