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...”
Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech was spoken when the black people fought for their freedom. King puts this fight into words. It is not just the words that make his speech so well-founded, it is the way he uses them. What builds King 's speech is his utilization of images, allusions, repetitions, emotive language, contrast, structure, and purpose. King uses images to strengthen his speech.
Organizations like these, detrimentally hurt the modernization of the South, leaving them in the dust ibn comparison to the north. The north believed the Southern Black men had to rely on their own resources, and not demand any further assistance from the north. The north got them their freedom, but for the most part didn’t want much to do with them after that. Whites in the south just saw them as a great big joke when they were holding office, or when they thought they had an impact on politics. This was the case because for an incredibly long amount of time blacks were made the inferior race, white men handicapped their growth and intelligence, making them simply into a labor force that couldn’t even think for themselves.
In the novel Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates wishes to communicate with his son by describing his life experiences on what it means to inhabit a “black body” in America. Ta-Nehisi views society with white privilege, racial integration and a country we 're authority figures abuse their power by aggressively assaulting a “black body”. Throughout the novel, the author integrates not only past experiences but also the past history of being an African American in the United States but also the abuses and hallucinations they faced. In the passage Ta- Nehisi mentions the aggressiveness of police activity among African American and other races living in the “Ghetto”. Ta- Nehisi tells his son “ You know now, if you did not before, that the police department of your country has been endowed with the authority to destroy your body” (Pg 9).
The story begins with Staples describing his first experience frightening a white women due to the colour of his skin. The women’s racism caused her reaction of “running in earnest,” “worried glances” and her eventual getaway, exemplifying the prejudice of a black male. He further demonstrates his “ability to alter public space” when just crossing “in front of a car stopped at a traffic light.” He hears the “thunk” of the driver locking their car regardless of them being “black, white, male, or female.” Staples understands the world is dangerous and people have the right to fear those around them, however, he continues to endure discrimination. But I am the person making those judgements. Living in the East Vancouver, I have grown to be aware of people who seem dangerous.
The ability to alter public space in ugly ways through the judgment of racial stereotypes. How does Staples prove his point? Staples prove his point by explaining his thesis throughout his essay through the use narratives of major events or incident that occurred in his life facing racial stereotypes. One example is Staples
African american rights were the main concern of many people, along with government corruption and the unwillingness to help. Malcolm X was no banal man he was a extravagant civil rights speaker, he showed the truth on how coming together can put the end to African American indifference. Due to the lack of government the dichotomy between african americans and the white men was still a major problem ; as African americans needed to put and end to the separation and earn civil rights. Malcolm speaks out to all who are willing to obtain their civil rights.”In Ballot or Bullet” Malcolm X uses Anaphora, Antithesis, Ethical Appeal, Word choice, and Rhetorical question to show the lack of support from government and how coming together can help fight back. Malcolm showed through anaphora that as a whole a fresh start was not needed.
More job opportunities began to open up therefore, there was an increased need for skilled workers. Companies thought it was a great idea to hire African Americans who would be more than willing to work, grant them a smaller pay and have their business continue to thrive in the prosperous decade. The white leaders of the industry often took advantage of policies to ensure that African Americans would be confined to the least desirable jobs with the lowest wages (Phillips 33). Within the jobs, workers would also be faced with discrimination. The African Americans would receive death threats in their place of work almost daily and were made to feel as if they were only there to benefit the economy (Phillips 39) For many years in American History, African Americans only received training to be skilled workers, as it didn 't seem necessary for them to receive any further education (Blanton 1).
Also, if a White History Month was created that would be considered unlawfully wrong to society. Some white people feel like they struggle as far as race mistreatment due to the color of their skin. Books have even been written and published addressing this issue such as “Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream” and “Its Past Time to acknowledge black privilege”. In a 2011 survey whites said they suffer from radical discrimination more than blacks. One thing that stood out the most to me was when a white commentator described our modern day society as “White is becoming the new black” because many people want to pass as black and that’s when they began to discuss Rachel Dolezal.
The ability to vote as an African American was definitely one great result because although there were attempts to place fear to not vote by the Ku Klux Klan there was still the right to have that voice. I feel that it is the fault of the federal government, states and the people. Because all of the issues that occurred with reconstruction, politically economically, socially the loss of interest and urge to fight. If there was the continued support from everyone then this attempt to discontinue the division could have possibly been a
As usual with books about revolutionaries, the text eventually places the life of Elijah Muhammad within the context of the civil rights movement and embrace of Islam by Blacks. However, the book is also interested in revealing a certain kind of mask that is always in public figures. In this sense, the reader understands what inspired and drove the values of the African-American religious leader. In the end, the book is interested in revealing Muhammad as essentially a political person rather the religious self that he employed in drawing a sizeable number of followers. It is arguable that the book creates a comprehensive biography of an underrated public figure, and is sympathetic as well as appreciative of the Black persons?
Though seven states passed the black codes they tended to vary between states, like how in South Carolina it was required for blacks who wished to enter nonagricultural employment to get a special license or in Mississippi the codes tried to block their ability to buy and sell farmland. Many parts of these codes didn’t take effect because of the union suspending the enforcement of racially discriminatory provisions of the new laws (Boyer et al, p.473). The black codes revealed many white southern intentions and many northerners denounced what they were doing and called it southern defiance. Even many congressmen were upset about the black codes and in December of 1865 they refused to seat the delegates from ex-Confederate states, this actually established the first joint committee (the house and the senate). The Radical Republicans (just a faction of the Republican Party that also supported blacks freedoms in most cases) were very out raged at the treatment of the newly freed slaves and they tried to dismantle the black codes and also tried to lock the ex- Confederate people out of power all together.
This essay is written by Brent Staples, and in his essay he discusses racial profiling that black people go through in public spaces. In the mid-1970’s, Brent Staples discovered such prejudice toward black men for merely being present in public. Staples describes how he could not even walk down the street normally, people, especially women, would stay away from him out of terror. The way Staples structures this essay emphasizes his awareness of the problem he faces. The essay’s framework consists mostly of Staples informing the reader of a scenario in which he was discriminated against and then following it with a discussion or elaboration on the situation.
Occasionally, the use of large words or unfamiliar situations can be overwhelming; analogies help bridge the gap between the speaker and audience. Martin Luther King Jr. uses an analogy to draw a picture to the public to further understand the hardships African-Americans have been through, “America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds”(554). He uses money and a check because everyone knows the value of money and fear of having a check which remains faulty. Money runs our society consequently King Jr. is trying to explain that the African-Americans equal rights and justice is just as important to them as money is to anyone. This comparison allows everyone to fully know the troubles black people have suffered and how they feel.
Trump shares an ability that many of the people that formed our nation had; the ability to influence many people. Our country’s amount of racism towards black people had been dropping until the Trump presidency, when a sudden rise occurred (Southern Poverty Law Center). This proves that President Trump influences people. Prejudice is judging someone before you get to know them. Generalization is thinking a group of people are the same because of the category they fall under (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).