Social Conform Essay

820 words - 4 pages

Sherri Schumacher
English 101
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Social Conform

Everyone has wanted to fit in or be part of a group at some point in their lives. Some, so much so, that they are even willing to change their beliefs, appearances, or family customs just to “fit in” or be “normal”. Not just our generation, but generations before us have all strived to fit into a group. The young men in the story’s “Sixty- Nine Cents” and “My First Conk” are all dealing with a similar issue of “fitting in”.
In My First Conk a young Malcolm X decides to get a conk, a hairstyling process in which you apply chemicals to the scalp to make the hair straight, in order to have “white ...view middle of the document...

Both boys in the stories had to learn to conform into what society thought was right, and their natural heritage and roots were sacrificed in order to conform. Later on in life Malcolm X realized this once he converted to Islam. He believed it was a step towards self degradation saying, “when I endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man's hair. I had joined that multitude of Negro men and women in America who are brainwashed into believing that the black people are "inferior"—and white people "superior"—that they will even violate and mutilate their God-created bodies to try to look “pretty" by white standards.”
Also at the end of Sixty-Nine Cents he states, “I am my parent’s son.” Meaning even though he tried so hard and wanted to be like the Americans he didn’t feel rooted. He still felt out of place. He had the money to buy himself a happy meal and he didn’t do it, instead he said the money stayed in his pocket, showing how maybe he is thinking also about saving money for emergencies like his parents. He couldn’t even talk...

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