As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
In “Do The Right Thing”, there are many racist stereotypes portrayed by the characters, and show destruction towards the neighborhood consisting of trash talking, police violence, and riots. This same concept is also portrayed in “The Black Power mixtape”, where many Black activists explain how African Americans fought for their rights through the help of the Black Panther Party that started in Oakland, California. Both films illustrate the struggle African Americans went through, and shows that even with all of the violence and brutality, they still had pride and power. The issues portrayed in these films are extremely important because they highlight cultural differences and problems that still go on in the world today. Racism is still very present in todays society through out all races, and police brutality is still a huge issue that may only get worse.
The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow. In no small part because of the tradition of slavery, Blacks have long been targets of abuse. The use of patrols to capture runaway slaves was one of the precursors of formal police forces, especially in the South. This disastrous legacy persisted as an element of the police role even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police.
Racial profiling is a very important issue that individuals in society face every day. This problem occurs in low income or poverty-stricken areas throughout cities and communities across the nation. Hundreds of anecdotal testimonials allege that law enforcement officials at all levels of government are infringing upon the constitutional rights and civil liberties of racial and ethnic minorities through a practice called “racial profiling” (Ward, 2002). So what is racial profiling? According to the National Institute of Justice, racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (National Institute of Justice, 2013).
African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
The oppression of Bigger and other African Americans is perpetuated by a society saturated in racist propaganda. The acceptance and implication of these images is shown through the language used to reference Bigger during his trial. The prosecuting lawyer, Buckley, refers to Bigger as a “half-human black ape” (Wright 373) multiple times over the course of the trial. Buckley’s language accesses the deeply ingrained cultural misconceptions that have led to an automatic assumption of white superiority. By using this image to condemn Bigger, Buckley extends the subjugation and othering of African
The slavery causes a destruction and confusion of the identities of the African Americans. The reference of the African Americans as “negroes” instead of names by the schoolteacher shows the dehumanized side of the slavery. When the schoolteacher accompanied by other three whites to catch the escaped slaves- Sethe and her family- he refers every black people he meets as “negroes” regardless to their names.
Among the many definitions of sociology that exist, there are two that I find most appealing for this paper. First, sociology has been defined as the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. It has also been said to be the study of social problems. The sociological thought was in essence a brainchild of eighteenth- century philosophy, history and political economy. This period was known for posing critical sociological issues without the possibility of their resolutions.
Wright portrays characters such as Olin and Pease as evil people, but also—and more chillingly—as bit players in a vast drama of hatred, fear, and oppression. An autobiography, Black Boy represents the culmination of Wright’s passionate desire to observe and reflect upon the racist world around him. Throughout the work, we see Richard observe the deleterious effects of racism not only as it affects relations between whites and blacks, but also relations among blacks themselves. Wright entitles his work Black Boy primarily for the emphasis on the word “black”: this is a story of childhood, but at every moment we are acutely aware of the color of Wright’s skin. In America, he is not merely growing up; he is growing up black.
The way in which I have decided to begin the debate surrounding challenges of ethnographic fieldwork is through considering definitions for both ‘ethnography’: “the study and systematic recording of human cultures; also; a descriptive work produced from such research.” (Merriam Webster Online) and ‘fieldwork’: “an essential aspect of all areas of anthropology because it is used to gather primary data, in other words fieldwork is how anthropologists collect the information used for their studies.” (Harris Jones