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    And we just went over a passage by Malcolm X included in the English textbook.  In the passage, Malcom X calls the white man "the devil."  We probed into Malcolm's historic moment - when and where he was born, what happened during his childhood, (he believed his father was murdered by an off-shoot of the Klan)and why, given his history, such a statement might be more than hyperbole.

    I will never think of Malcom X as being "turned around in prison", but as growing intellectually through his own self-education and the Nation of Islam.  Given his childhood, when public lynchings were still drawing crowds of cheering whites, I see his life as a straight trajectory only seasoned by what he learned.

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