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President Barack Obama on Malcolm X (Excerpt from autobiography)
prospect ^ | David Remnick

Posted on 03/21/2009 3:01:07 PM PDT by jessduntno

This is what President-Elect Barack Obama said about Malcolm X in his best-selling autobiography, via David Remnick:

In every page of every book, in Bigger Thomas and invisible men, I kept finding the same anguish, the same doubt; a self-contempt that neither irony nor intellect seemed able to deflect. Even Du Bois’ learning and Baldwin’s love and Langston’s humor eventually succumbed to its corrosive force, each man finally forced to doubt art’s redemptive power, each man finally forced to withdraw, one to Africa, one to Europe, one deeper into the bowels of Harlem, but all of them in the same weary flight, all of them exhausted, bitter men, the devil at their heels. Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me.

By Obama's own admission, Malcolm X was one of the biggest influences in his intellectual and cultural development.

(Excerpt) Read more at prospect.org ...


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To: Polarik

did or didn’t?


41 posted on 03/25/2009 3:03:28 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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