Book Review: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City Jaleesa Reed University of Georgia Book Review: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City is a fascinating ethnography that seeks to expose and unpack the everyday lives of African American men living in Philadelphia. The author, Alice Goffman, examines the lives of these men who are “on the run” not only from the laws that seek to restrict their lives, but also from their own identities that have become synonymous with outstanding warrants, prison time, and running. Like ethnographers before her, Goffman immerses herself in the lives of her informants. Her study reveals the oppressive nature of neoliberal America and urges
The John Griffin Experience In the 1950’s, racism was at its peak in the US. In the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, he puts himself into a black man’s shoes to experience an everyday life of what it is like being of darker color. He takes it upon himself to seek medical treatment to change the pigmentation of his skin from white to black. After undergoing this treatment, he sets out to New Orleans to begin his life in darker skin. Black Like Me gave me more insight on racism, taught more about the importance of identity, and the arrogance of hypocrisy.
Sargent Shriver, the driving force behind the creation and establishment of the Peace Corps, commented on the issue of racism: “The roots of racism lie deep in man 's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin.” This quote touches on the subject of humans succumbing to racism because it is deeply embedded in their original mindset. This same subject is what Reginald McKnight explores in his short story, “The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas”. McKnight eloquently strings together words to reveal the inner workings of racism in the community of Waco, TX, focused around a young African-American boy, Clint. Clint is one of three black students in a class of thirty at his school. The noteworthy marginalization serves as a basis for the focus
Between economic recession, technological changes and social shifts have put musicians, journalists and graphic designers and so on out of work. In Culture Crash Timberg delves deeply and extensively into the root cause of this crisis in America’s creative sector. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy and a general attitude of indifference. He discusses the artist's place in today's society as well as identifying social tensions and contradictions concerning the artist's place that “have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival.” Timberg focuses on writers, dancers, artists, musicians, architects and graphic designers, but not ones who are household names. It’s not the Beyonces or JK Rowling's that he is concerned with.
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play which focuses on how the African-Americans were seen during the 60’s by the white ethnicity. Those periods marked the United States of intense discrimination which marked the play. The Youngers’, family in which the play directs its attention, lived tough moments due to the African-American discrimination and economic problems that drives the family to constant breakdowns. The play shows how the lack of economic stability interrupts their happiness and stops the family’s dreams become true. The theme of money leads in A Raisin in the Sun because Walter Lee wants to be seen as the money provider and take full responsibility of his family
Throughout this novel we will be psychoanalyzing Holden’s abnormal behavior and grasp a deeper understanding behind his actions, thoughts and words through characterization, language, and attention to detail. With close attention to Holden’s behavior towards the beginning of the novel we can observe that he has a very dark outlook on life. Holden’s brother, Allie has passed away along with the passing of his friend, James Castle and this seems to be the primary reason for his perspective on the world and
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. Around the same time that Cooke released “A Change is Gonna Come”, America was in harsh turmoil. On the inside of our country, people were still allowing African Americans to be mistreated, just as they were before the abolition of slavery in 1865. Martin Luther King Jr. was making tremendous strides in the progression of the Civil Rights movement, but it could not be him alone fighting for the rights of a whole race. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, which began the “1960s” era for many people.
Like how Martin Luther King used logos in both “I Have a Dream” and “Letter From Birmingham Jail” he also uses pathos in both of the too. In King’s famous speech “I Have A Dream” uses a lot of emotional language to stir emotions. Near the beginning of the speech King shows what segregation is like toward the average African American. He does this by comparing discrimination to chains. “One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
Thesis: In “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, Malcolm X in his telling of his life to Alex Haley uncovers the theme of positive and negative environments unearthed by the interaction of African Americans and White Americans in his life and what those kinds of environments inherently produce. Annotated Bibliography Nelson, Emmanuel S. Ethnic American Literature: an Encyclopedia for Students. Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015.This encyclopedia points out that the negative interaction he held with the white man as a young hustler was countered by these same experiences pushing Malcolm X to reclaim his “African identity”. This shows, as described by the cited work, what a man pushed by his negative interactions with the oppressive white men is willing to do to find his identity (i.e. through hustling).
Besides that, Malcolm X also intended to make his life’s account as proof of some social values so that his objective reader may see how in the society to which he was exposed as a black youth. Everything is changing. The only permanent thing on Earth is changes itself. Reading the book, following the series of changes he had underwent inspired me. “My life in particular never has stayed fixed in one position for very long” he said.