In the United States, specific groups, such as the KKK, were responsible for the injustice of nonwhite people. However in South Africa, the oppression was a legal problem and was run by the government. Malcolm X had to stand up for what he believed against a large and powerful group of people while Nelson Mandela had to defy the entire South African government to make a change. Without these men taking a stand, the world would not be how it is today. Both men did the impossible and fought against their societies for freedom of blacks and all
‘The Constitution reflects the time when it was written in a number of ways. Generally, these aspects of the Constitution show us how people at time were worried about different issues than we are today and that they had different sensibilities than we have. The authors of the constitution seemed to agree that no one wanted another monarch, but they had little idea how the government would actually make it without a king or an aristocrat. The constitution is called a "living document", meaning that it changes as the country changes. Through a system of checks and balances, amendments and Supreme Court rulings, the constitution has not been carved in stone, as it has been in time and in the environment.
“ Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome,” said Nelson Mandela. Obstacles come in everyone's life, but they do not let it come in their way of success. Nelson Mandela is one of the many people who did not let his obstacles get in the way of success.. In 1994, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. He was against segregation and discrimination because of race.
Mandela and the other prisoners were often subject to inhuman punishments. It was here that he wrote his first draft of a long walk to freedom. Around 1976 there was a huge amount of black protesting going on and Mandela was the leader behind it all. The whole world was beginning to take notice and this led to a free nelson campaign. The government offered Mandela his freedom in exchange for various political compromises, including the renouncement of violence and recognition of the “independent” Transkei Bantustan, but sticking to what he believed in Nelson rejected these deals and offers.
Mandela was arrested again and spent the next 27 years in a cramped prison cell only being allowed to see one person every year. On April 27,1994 the first free election was held and Mandela was elected president.Mandela saw the rugby team as a place were he can bring the country together if he invests his time. In the movie Invictus Mandela was released from prison and did become president of South Africa. Mandela tried to show that both blacks and whites can work together by hiring white security staff and by keeping all the white workers. http://www.theaustralian.com.au Mandela refuses to take away the spring bucks team even though when he entered the stadium there was boos and he got a cup thrown at him.
Henry D Thoreau, K Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were great persons who help their countries. There were amazing by their acts. Henry David Thoreau, was arrested because he did not wanted to pay a poll tax. Thoreau argues for the limited of the power of the government. He was on the U.S war with Mexico (civil disobedience).
A lot of people that have different thoughts and beliefs won’t stand up for what they think is right, because they are scared that people will judge them and that people will just laugh at them. A person that comes to mind when you think about standing up for what you believe in is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela fought segregation in South Africa when no one else would. “Mandela represents equality, fairness, democracy and freedom in an often unequal, unfair and undemocratic world”(https://www.one.org/us/2015/02/12/8-people-who-broke-the-law-to-change-the-world/ 10/30/17). Nelson started a revolution that would last for generations upon generations.
The more nonviolent protests that the black South Africans carried out, the worse they got treated. Mandela explained this by saying “I planned it (violence) as a result of calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites”(2). This shows that when the protests had gotten together in a peaceful assessment then the whites would just start to oppress and exploit the blacks more. Another point is that thousands came to protest the laws one day and approximately 8,500 people were jailed for doing nothing but nonviolent protest. This is shown when Mandela says “The ANC launched a Defiance Campaign, in which I was placed in charge of volunteers.
This may lead to arguments claiming that due to its danger, one should not protest against their own government. However, this is answered in Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience when he brings up the point that if no one does it, who will? The danger that protesting holds cannot withstand the anger that the oppressed feel when they are rebelling. As Martin Luther King Jr. mentions in his Birmingham letter, “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”. Henry David brings up the point that there are people who are opposed to certain issues in the world and sit with their hands in their pockets too afraid to do anything, and claiming out in the open that they have no idea what to do.
For instance, the Civil Rights Movement solely would have been significantly less brutal if the government had accepted racial justice and made reforms regarding african american rights. However, because our society was stuck in the systems of decades prior, our government objected to any sort of improvement, even if it did seem more ethical. Many of our leaders at the time were headstrong to what they had been taught: non-whites are inferior. Even if the ethics they had been raised on were false and inhumane, many leaders remained firm in their belief and intolerant to any idea of civil rights. Tuchman’s claim is relevant in instances like the civil rights movement as the governmental leaders were persistent in their own, intolerant beliefs.
Instead of wanting to help people, both Zaroff and dictators like Hitler would rather see the strong survive and the weak die off. This is one of the main ideologies of Adolf Hitler. “Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.” Quotes from Adolf Hitler, like this one, sound very similar to what General Zaroff was saying before. Neither man, neither person in power, seems to care at all about what happens to those who are under them. Both of these men only seem to care about those who have power like they do.
I think that government as a whole did develop from anarchy because humans were not created with civil government. I agree that Locke 's ideas were controversal in his day because only white men were anywhere close to be equal and it is true that at the time of the revolution the "loyals" were adimatly opposed to rebelling against Great Britain.
I agree with your post because I do think that our founding father would not agree on the expansion of powers of the president. The three branches of our government was created by our founding father in order to balance out the power of the president, so that neither one branch can have too much power over the nation. When they crafted this idea they had seen other country where there is only one prime minister (North Korea and Russia for example) that overseen every action of a nation which the power was too powerful and decision making can be challenging for the citizens when they cannot vote on new law and regulation.
When a person casts a vote they are taking the chance that enough people will vote the same way as them in order to accomplish their goal. The problem with this is that “Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it,” (Thoreau 430), when they are on the side of the minority. Thoreau believed that because of this people should do more than vote and take a stand. In order to show his objection to the war for instance, he decided not to pay taxes that would go to fund it, and encouraged others to do that same. Furthermore, I am partly in agreement with Thoreau, “… I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government,” (Thoreau 425).
Overall, the Constitution did not establish a fair government. The document lacked equality in all different aspects. The Constitution gave the United States a strong, central government, but that didn 't make it fair. White males were the only exception in the Constitution, the only person with natural rights that were thoroughly protected. As far as natural rights go, the Constitution protected slavery thus defeating the purpose of becoming an independent nation: to have