Uploaded on May 10, 2007
In an interview on Chicago TV with Jim Hurlbut, Malcolm X describes his early childhood and explains that his house was burned down by the Klan and that they murdered his father.
Mr. Hurlbut: You were born in Omaha, is that right?
Malcolm X: Yes, sir.
Mr. Hurlbut: And you left -- your family left Omaha when you were about one year old?
Malcolm X: I imagine about a year old.
Mr. Hurlbut: And why did they leave Omaha?
Malcolm X: Well, to my understanding the Ku Klux Klan burned one of their homes in Omaha. There's a lot of Ku Klux Klan--
Mr. Hurlbut: They made your family feel very unhappy, I'm sure.
Malcolm X: Well, insecure, if not unhappy.
Mr. Hurlbut: So you must have a somewhat prejudiced point of view -- a personally prejudiced point of view. In other words, you cannot look at this in a broad, academic sort of way, really, can you?
Malcolm X: I think that's incorrect, because despite the fact that that happened in Omaha and then when moved to Lansing, Michigan our home was burned down again -- in fact, my father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan, and despite all of that, no one was more thoroughly integrated with whites than I. No one has lived more so in the society of whites than I.
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