The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Alex Haley)

  "The American Negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself, as he should, as part of the non-white peoples of the world. The American Negro has no conception of the hundreds of millions of other non-whites' concern for him: he has no conception of their feeling of brotherhood for and with him."

"The American Negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself, as he should, as part of the non-white peoples of the world. The American Negro has no conception of the hundreds of millions of other non-whites' concern for him: he has no conception of their feeling of brotherhood for and with him."

U.S.A. / 1965

This should be required reading for all Black kids. I thought I “knew” Malcolm X, but reading this made me realize that I actually knew very, very little about the sum of his life, work, and ideas. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as a radical trailblazer. Even in grade school I wondered why we couldn’t study him instead of MLK. (Hmm I wonder why 🤔). But this book really contextualized why he thought the way he did - and exactly how courageous he was for thinking that way. I’m not very religious, so the pages and pages on Islam and Black Muslims was not really my cup of tea. But it was still interesting to see how religion was what really catalyzed his work. And obviously his views of women were terrible, at best. But I think of him as a figurehead, or really as an usher for subsequent movements of Black power and pride. We have to really respect him in that regard. I finished this book feeling so inspired and energized. And thankful. I felt a deep sense of appreciation for all he did and all the sacrifices he made. I’ll never forget this book. 5/5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.