Nightmare Essay

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A Nightmare is a frightening dream that usually awakens the sleeper. “Nightmare” Merriam-Webster. 4th ed. 2003. Malcolm X’s childhood played a big role in his life. His father was lynched, the welfare and insurance companies destroyed his family, and his mother became mentally unstable. If that is not a nightmare, I don’t know what is. “Nightmare” is definitely an appropriate title for chapter one because of these tragic events that destroyed his family. Malcolm X’s father Earl Little was a social activist for the fight against racism and was apart of the great Marcus Garvey organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association. (UNIA). “My father, the Reverend Earl Little, was a Baptist Minister, a dedicated organizer for Marcus Aurelius Garvey’s UNIA” (Haley and X 1). His involvement in the group made Malcolm’s family a target of terror and dehumanization. The first vivid memory in Malcolm’s early childhood was that his house, was set on fire by two white men in 1929. “I remember being snatched awake into a frightening confusion of pistol shots and shouting and smoke and flames. My father had shouted and shot two white men who had set the fire and were running away” (Haley and X 3). Ever since the fire Malcolm and his family have moved to Lansing, Michigan. Even so, the family still had tension in their home due to threats from the Black Legion. A well-known white supremacist group that Malcolm’s father accused of burning down their home. Earl Little was lynched in Lansing on September 28, 1931. Authorities ruled his death an “accident”. Blacks later told Malcolm that there was evidence of assault. “Negroes in Lansing have always whispered that he was attacked, then laid across some tracks for a streetcar to run over him” (Haley and X 10). Malcolm later said "How could my father bash himself in the head, then get down across the streetcar tracks to be run

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