Malcolm X’s main point is that literacy, education and a desire to learn are the primary means of truly emancipating oneself, instilling oneself with an objective knowledge of the world around them and how it can will them to action. As his own will and desire to learn influenced his worldview and the positions he would later take on. To Malcolm X, lack of proper understanding of history and illiteracy, which Malcolm X believed was afflicting the black community, leads to collective ignorance which only benefits the oppressor. Much Like Frye who considered the lack of literacy to be an Orwellian nightmare. He wishes to convince the audience that they can empower themselves through learning alone, through their own “homemade education”.


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