Americans should learn from the discomfort of Malcolm X | Dallas Morning News

February 21, 2015 7:10 AM

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Americans should learn from the discomfort of Malcolm X | Dallas Morning News

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were the two defining civil rights leaders of the 1960s, but only one of them got a holiday. The other has been largely ignored by white America because, 50 years after his assassination, he still makes whites uncomfortable.

Malcolm’s father, a civil rights activist himself, was probably murdered by white supremacists when Malcolm was a child. When as a young man, Malcolm expressed interest in becoming a lawyer, his teacher told him to “be realistic” and suggested he pursue carpentry. That he emerged with a great distru...

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