Founder Alicia Garza said BLM is recognizing that “Black people are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity. It is an acknowledgement Black poverty and genocide is state violence. It is an acknowledgment that 1 million Black people are locked in cages in this country–one half of all people in prisons or jails–is an act of state violence. It is an acknowledgment that Black women continue to bear the burden of a relentless assault on our children and our families and that assault is an act of state violence.” Undeniably, the black people have many more struggles in their lives compared to their white peers. It is a historical problem as well as a serious social issue.
In The Bluest Eye the majority of it is taken place in Lorain Ohio in the year of 1941, before there were any MLK movements so racism and oppression were still at large. More specifically they lived in a suburban town made of mostly black communities with few white people. The main characters all have pretty bad living conditions. This is due to the cycle of oppression, they started off in a bad place and kept giving and receiving comments that made them seem insignificant. For example Pecola got harassed by school boys, “Black e mo.
The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee and the article “Scottsboro Boys Trial” both contain controversial court cases. For “To Kill a Mockingbird” a black male named Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. In the “Scottsboro Boys Trial” nine young black men and teenagers are accused of raping two white females named Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. Both cases transpired in the 1930s in Alabama. This is bad for the accused as racism was at an all-time in the 1930s especially in the deep south.
Harriet Jacobs, Maria Edgeworth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe all faced socioeconomic conflicts but in different ways. For starters, Harriet Jacobs was born into poverty and slavery in North Carolina. She once stated that “Slavery is terrible for men, but far more terrible for women” she illustrates her struggle and desire to escape. On the contrary, Maria Edgeworth went to school in London but she faced losing her vision at age 3. Similarly to Ms. Edgeworth, Harriet Beecher Stowe went to school to become a writer and ended up writing the piece Uncle Tom’s Cabin which illustrated the struggles of being a
Good thing my lips stitched together or I’d throw up.” (pg. 45-46). The cause of Melinda’s dreary mood obviously comes from IT’s abuse. Andy Evans constantly harassing Melinda in the hallways reminds her of the horrid rape and keeps the image in her mind. This is why Melinda cannot wake up from her nightmare and is emotionally unstable.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that show the life of a southern state od Alabama during the “black racism” time period, where majority of the people had the mentality that (quote) with the exception of a few. To chosen to portray it from the eyes of Scout Finch, from a child’s point of view. Living in Maycomb, in the midst of a conservative society of the 1930’s and 20’s Southern America Scout Finch is an extra ordinary child. She is in fact extraordinary from various perspectives .She differs from the rest of the children with her brother because of the way that they are being brought up. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch is a modern viewed broad perspective lawyer who believes in integration, democracy and equality.
The news of Tempie’s death shook Ella greatly. Shortly following her mother’s death, Ella was taken in by Tempie’s sister Virginia. After moving, Ella had a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings and became unhappy eventually starting to skip school frequently thus causing her grades to drop. It was at this time that she got into trouble with the police and was sent to a reform school. However, things got even worse for Ella while she was in the reform school as she often suffered beatings from those in charge.
One traumatic moment. One horrifying event. That is all it takes to alter a life. Trauma is when the mind’s coping mechanism becomes too overwhelmed by shocking events, to be able to process anything else (Walker 317). In Kindred, by Octavia Butler, the female, Black, protagonist, Dana, undergoes a series of traumatic events as she travels back in time to the 1800s – a period of slavery in America.
Just “People” nothing else. Thats for a good reason as well no criteria needs to exist to define a person in that context, the only difference between Caucasians and African Americans is the amount of melanin in each of our bodies. Frederick Douglass once said “..not we, the citizens, or the legal voters” showing that even back then, African Americans were still treated as lesser peoples. Not able to vote at all and were not considered citizens, even with the lack of criteria in the Constitution. Some believed that the Declaration of Independence should not and was not meant to include African Americans.
He was invisible not because of any thing medical but because of the people who refuse to see him " I am invisible understand, simply because people refuse to see me "(Ralph Ellison .7)and consider him as something that not existed because of his black color skin and the racial relationship between the white people of America and the black ones. America has a
Wells was an African American who saw hope in the African American life to change since she saw it with her parents being former slaves and achieved higher things. That perspective changed when she saw the rights of African Americans being taken away from white Americans. Wells’s goals were to let the world know the horrible things that happened in the South to African Americans. In Memphis, she was editor for the Free Speech and Headlight there she” editorials under the pseudonym "Iola," she condemned violence against blacks, disfranchisement, poor schools, and the failure of black people to fight for their rights.” (PBS) In 1892, her friend Tom Moss, a respected black store owner and friend of Barnett, were lynched after defending his store against an attack by whites. Wells, angry of the evil attacked she wrote in her newspaper exposing the lynches that happened to innocent people.