-Hate crimes, are not justifiable the reason why is because they’re, ‘bias.’ The definition of a ‘Hate Crime’ on page 604 is defined as “a bias related crime, committed against an individual that is motivated by bias regarding race, color, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.” Committing a crime just because of the color, sexuality, religion, or disability of a person isn’t justifiable. The reason why it’s not justifiable is because, the person committing the hate crime wouldn’t want someone else, to commit such an act towards themself.
Historians should interpret and disperse the first-hand accounts that are compiled into the book 100 Years of Lynchings, to help Americans understand exactly what happened from 1865 to the late 1900s. These accounts are written from a variety of stand points, allowing for a wide array of opinions. The majority of the
To begin, Billie Holiday’s song, “Strange Fruit”, includes chilling imagery to help the listener imagine the treatment of African Americans. As sang in the song, “Here is fruit for the crows to pluck / For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck / For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop / Here is a strange and bitter crop,” (Holiday, 1939). The “strange fruit” refers to African Americans who had been lynched, and were hanging from the trees. The truly chilling imagery helps listeners come to grips with the horrible injustices of the South even long after slavery was abolished. Furthermore, “Wade In The Water” by Beverly McLean includes information about the Underground Railroad which was mostly led by Harriet Tubman. As stated in the song, “Wade in the water/Wade in the water, children,/Wade in the water/God’s gonna trouble the water,” (McLean). This song explains the struggle that slaves had to go through to escape using the underground railroad without getting caught. Additionally, the lyric, “Wade in the Water” was used by Harriet Tubman to signal the slaves to get off of the trail and into the water so the dogs of the slave owners wouldn’t be able to sniff out their
Lorraine Hansberry Broadway play A Raisin In The Sun illustrates how African American families struggled throughout life for justice and civil rights. Hansberry being an African American, was underrated an extraordinary writer. Many decades have passed and changed has occurred regarding race and discrimination. However in Today’s society we continue to face and see discrimination still takes place with injustice for African Americans and other minorities. Dreams and aspirations is what keeps the Younger family motivated regardless of race and injustice. In the film A Class Divided, a white women said “white is right”, meaning to the color of your skin, I wonder if this is true? We currently live in the United States of America, a great nation, many travel the world to find freedom, seek justice and obtain civil rights.
It was one of the first racism protest songs to be recorded in popular music. It spoke of an unjust killing because of race. The song was based off a poem written by Abel Meeropol. Meeropol was an ameture composer and sometimes set his words to music. His poem eventually reached Billie Holiday. Holiday sang the song for the first time at Café Society in Greenwich Village, the first integrated nightclub in New York City. According to a notable biography, “It became a big money-maker because of the tune on the record's other side, "Fine and Mellow," a blues song written by Holiday” (Billie Holiday Biography, 2016). This made a path for Holiday, and it let her to much success. Best explained, a great way to describe Holiday’s legacy, “It’s impossible to imagine American music without Holiday. Few singers who followed her in jazz would fail to cite her influence. But more remarkably, her influence has spread well beyond jazz” (Layman, 2015). In addition, author Will Layman wrote a well stated article in which it said, “Holiday was the among the first singers to exploit completely the opportunities for singing intimately with a microphone. She purred into it, but even when she cried out a song, it was in relation to the mic, to how it could pick up the nuances in her sound. As a result, nearly every modern singer comes out of that essential innovation. Holiday at her core, was already exploiting a technical
Over the course of human history, music has been an integral part of life. Music’s impact can be seen in every facet of the world today and it is a way to express feelings, tell a story, or prove a point. It can bring people together and can transcend communities, cultures, and ideologies. Although many do not realize it, music has had a profound impact on all human lives, and the lives of all others that have since died. Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come’ is a song that defined a generation while bringing the oppression and injustice that African Americans experienced, on a daily basis, to the forefront of society.
Despite liberation after the Civil War, African Americans still experienced extreme inequality and injustice. Many of them were still being persecuted, for one hundred African Americans were lynched each year during the 1880s and the 1890s. A female African American writer in Memphis, Tennessee wrote about these terrors. Her name was Ida B. Wells. She published pamphlets that illustrated the injustices being inflicted upon the African Americans. On Lynchings includes pamphlets such as Southern Horrors, Red Record, and Mob Rule in New Orleans. The pamphlets included within the book provide sources and facts about the executions. The book itself is about a black women’s cry for help through her writing and how she overcame
In 1859 an abolitionist led a raid of 20 men to a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia in order to supply slaves with weapons and provoke a slave rebellion (B). This man was named John Brown. Born to an evangelical Christian family, Brown deeply hated slavery and favored military tactics to abolish it (C). Viewed as a martyr in the North and a murderer in the South, he had a great impact on the abolition movement. People even today continue to debate on how to define him. Although many consider John Brown a terrorist since he led a premeditated attack on the South, he is a freedom fighter since he increased abolition support and he lived up to the revolutionary principles of America.
Martin Luther King uses loaded words to create pathos when he wrote " Letter from Birmingham Jail." One way he uses loaded words is when he says " vicious mobs lynch your mother's and father's." This creates pathos because lynching implies hanging colored folks. Back then lynching was very common and not a good thing. So when you hear the word lynch it invokes a depressing feeling in you as long as you know what the word means. And when he uses the word lynch he uses other word to make it seem more upsetting. He says , " when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers." It is very sad the fact that they hang your fellow mother's and father's. Another loaded word he uses is brutalize. Brutalize invokes anger. It means to abuse
Charles Martin, William Steen, Mack Segars, Lacquan McDonald, Oscar Grant, and Corey Jones are all black, and all have either been killed by the noose of a lynch mob or the gun of a police officer. They are just six of the thousands of black men killed by the hands of a white man. Some have concluded that history is just repeating self when in actuality, history has never stopped. The black community is still trying combat oppression. There are still protestors but instead of being called a “civil –rights movement” it is now called the “Black Lives Matter” movement. As camera phones have become more popular, the killings of innocent blacks has gotten more attention. This research will assess how the noose
Lynching in the United States was more common in the south, since people there was still unhappy about the civil war. « Lynching is the practice whereby a mob--usually several dozen or several hundred persons--takes the law into its own hands in order to injure and kill a person accused of some wrongdoing. » (Zangrado 1) The lynching period was between 1882 and 1968, a few years after the civil war. Although lynching did not just occur in the United States or between 1882 and 1968, it was a big event that caused lots of problems.
Folk music has since quite a while ago assumed a key part in supporting change developments in the United States over the years. Radical activists, looking to counter an assortment of misuse in mid-to-late twentieth century America, frequently utilized music to express their trusts, points, and objectives. In "To Everything There Is a Season": Pete Seeger and the Power of Song, Allan Winkler shows the reader how society vocalist Pete Seeger connected his musical gifts to enhance conditions for less lucky individuals all over during this time. This book uses Seeger 's long life and great melodies to think about the vital part society music played in different dissent developments and to answer such key inquiries as: What was the wellspring of
With the ability to transform ordinary mediums, artists create a new perspective. Bob Dylan uses his music to express a message in each of his songs. Bob Dylan is not only a musician, but also an author and a painter. He utilizes these different art mediums to spread awareness of the social and political injustices of the United States. Dylan began to write songs after his mentor,Woody, encouraged him to do so. He “began writing songs at an astonishing pace, including ‘Song to Woody,’ a tribute to his ailing hero”(Bob Dylan Biography). Woody inspired Dylan to create music to connect with others. “The Death of Emmett till ”, which depicts the story of a young boy who was beaten to death by white men, was Dylan's first ever protest song.
“The Lynching” is a poem by Claude McKay. The poem is about a group of people who lynch a black man by hanging him. The setting of this work gives the idea to be taking place in a southern town because lynching was a “normal” occurrence during this time in history. Many people appear to not be angered or sickened with the sight of a hanging body. The women feel no compassion; the on looking children also took on the interest of this cruel act taking place. This way of taking somebodies life occurred often in the South. Being in the Deep South was extremely dangerous and frightening for anyone with black colored skin, whites had such hatred and aggression.