There he formed a burglary ring, with Sophia, her sister, and his friend Shorty.
Again, he got into trouble: first, with a friend of Sophia's white husband; then, with the police.
While Malcolm's critics point out Malcolm's extreme rhetoric, we cannot blame for Malcolm's extreme state of mind when we consider his extreme circumstances and the urgency of his message.
In fact, what appears to be "extreme" in the life of Malcolm X was in fact an appropriate response to the racist country he found himself in.
This job took him for the first time to New York City, and when he was fired from the railroad for wild behavior, he went to Harlem to live.
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He took a job as a waiter at Small's Paradise, a famous Harlem club, where he became acquainted with the elite of Harlem's underworld.
When he was fired from Small's for soliciting an Army spy for a prostitute, he moved naturally into the sorts of jobs he had been learning from Small's customers — selling marijuana, stickups, numbers running, and bootlegging.
After running into trouble with another hustler, and a narrow scrape with the police, Malcolm fled back to Boston.
Ella's last hopes for saving him from ruin disappeared when he jilted Laura, the "respectable" Roxbury girl he had been dating, for a white woman, Sophia.
When America entered World War II, Malcolm was sixteen, too young for the army, but by lying about his age, he was able to get a job on the railroad, the war having caused a shortage of black porters, cooks, and waiters.