Prison studies malcolm x
I was becoming increasingly annoyed. I was frustrated at not being able to express myself in the letters I wrote, especially those to Mr. Elijah Muhammad. I’d been the most persuasive hustler on the street, commanding attention whenever I said something. But now, as I tried to write in simple English, I realized I wasn’t only inarticulate, but also non-functional. How would I sound if I wrote something like, “Look, daddy, let me pull your coat around a cat, Elijah Muhammad-” Many people today who hear me in person or on television, or who read something I’ve written, would believe I went to school beyond the eighth grade. This impression is entirely based on my experiences in jail.
It all began in Charlestown Jail, when Bimbi first made me envious of his wealth of information. Bimbi had always taken the lead in every conversation he was in, and I tried to follow in his footsteps. However, every book I picked up included a few sentences that lacked anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that should have been in Chinese. Of course, if I only skipped over those sentences, I’d have no idea what the book was about. So I’d arrived at the Norfolk Prison Colony only going through the motions of reading a novel. If I had got the inspiration that I did, I would have given up on even these motions pretty quickly.
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He was prisoner #22138 to Massachusetts Department of Correction officials, a tall, slender “light Mulatto” with a personality described by his prison caseworker as “intelligent, studious… influential among other colored inmates.”
For the rest of society, he was a career criminal with a long list of arrests from coast to coast. Some of the charges were valid (for example, breaking and entering), while others (for example, loitering and vagrancy) were most likely the product of him simply being a black man in America.
He was Bimbi to Malcolm X, a man whose influence had a huge impact on the famed Muslim minister and human rights activist’s life path. Bimbi was “the first man I had ever seen demand absolute respect… with his words,” as Malcolm X put it in his autobiography.
Despite the fact that I only met Uncle Elton a handful of times in my life, he remains the most brilliant guy I’ve ever met. During a discussion of Black History Month at The Undefeated, my personal relationship with him came up. I decided to write about him in honor of the 55th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination on February 21. I contacted the Massachusetts Department of Correction after the staff meeting and filed a public records request for his file. I got an answer three days later: “Good Afternoon Jerry, Please refer to the attachment.”
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Malcolm X’s essay Prison Studies is about how his time in prison helped him to educate himself enough to give the impression that he went to school. He started by exploring what had sparked his interest in reading and writing in the first place, which eventually changed his life. It was a fellow inmate named bimbi whom he admired for his ability to dominate every conversation. Following the incident, he picked up and attempted to read his first novel, but was unable to comprehend what it was about. He had skipped over the words he didn’t understand, resulting in a book that he couldn’t understand. He got a dictionary and wrote down everything on the pages, including punctuation, for the next few months. Malcom x then went through what he had written every night until he could learn, pronounce, and understand all of the words; by the end of his prison term, he understood more than the average person on the street who had been taught in his life.
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Malcolm X (born 1925), the author of “Prison Studies,” was a black, uneducated man who served time in prison.
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Malcolm decided to educate himself by reading books and learning new words from dictionaries in order to show that black people are not inferior to whites.
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He also had an inmate named “Bimbi” who inspired him to read more and develop his handwriting. Malcolm started out illiterate and worked his way up to becoming an educated person through hard work and dedication. He used to memorize and understand vocabs from the dictionary, then write them down on his tablet every morning with new words, and he could stay up all night reading books in low light to fulfill his curiosity. His prison education encouraged him to work harder to defend the interests of black people who were being exploited by whites.
The writer’s aim in this text is to inspire as a result, but his primary goal is to educate about his experience and the prison that changed his life forever through his narrative and explanation of the information he encountered, illustrating that hard work and commitment will lead to success.
He used basic vocabs such as “bunk,” “corridor,” “tablet,” and “inmates,” as well as phrases such as “I was so intrigued that I went on—I copied the dictionary’s next page.”
(paragraph 8 p.73) that his target markets are familiar with.
The tone of his language, as well as the style of his text, is extremely upbeat, inspiring the audience to use his experience as an example.
“I had never felt so free in my life.”
(paragraph 9 on page 74)
Furthermore, his use of the chronological order (“Then aloud, I read back to myself everything I’d written on the tablet”) and listing procedure (“Then aloud, I read back to myself everything I’d written on the tablet”) “I copied everything written on the first page into my tablet in my slow, painstaking, ragged handwriting.” (paragraph 5 of the p.