I shall be answering question number 7, ‘what do I think of Wining Boy’s explanation of blacks and whites?’, is that Wining Boy is explaining that white men can bend the law so that it suits them. While black men cannot bend the law to their will making them go to jail quicker. For instance just recently in the news, a black man got shot twenty times by white cops in his grandmother’s backyard his phone mistaken for a gun. The family of the black man is seeing no justice while the white cops that shot the black man is walking the streets freely. That is exactly the kind of difference that Wining Boy is talking about between a black and white man.
The law is meant to protect and serve Americans, until those in power use it against lower social classes. Time states, “As the evocative language of these laws suggests, the crime of vagrancy had long historical roots. Since the 16th century, vagrancy laws had been used in England to uphold hierarchy and social order (Goluboff).” For African Americans, these laws were created and used against them to incarcerate them. Seven Guitars by August Wilson historically demonstrates how vagrancy laws and systemic racism effected African Americans. Throughout the play characters such as Floyd and Canewell, express their struggle with police and a system that constantly manipulates them with unjust arrests and unfair payment.
Lupe Fiasco uses motivational and inspirational phrases throughout his song that motivate me to keep fighting through struggle and pain because in the end it’s worth it. In conclusion, as cliche as the message of this song may be, it’s a tremendously important message. The spread of peace and social equality are issues in today’s society that we see everyday. African-Americans are getting killed in the streets by police officers for misdemeanor crimes. It’s sad because it’s been fifty to sixty years since the civil rights movements and we have yet to see change in people.
Through the results of these instances, Harper Lee shed a new light on racism and how it will always persist in America. This novel is mostly centered on Tom Robinson’s case and the final judgment. Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella, daughter of Bob Ewell. Atticus, being a symbol of good moral, dug his own grave when he decided to defend Tom. Since Tom Robinson was an African-American, all the odds were against him, so Atticus’s decision to defend Tom was the cause of the enmity between society and his family.
I have come here to state my belief that the abolition of Jim Crow has top place on the agenda of a program for national defense. I have come to say that until it is abolished the words “democracy” and “freedom” and “justice,” used so glibly to support our foreign policy, will ring hollow throughout the world. [...] I say that those who perpetuate Jim Crow are criminals. I pledge you that I shall fight them with everything I have. He took his stand and worked with state and federal authorities to change various policies within the Jim Crow Laws which were state and local laws mainly in the Southern States enforcing racial segregation.
While the college is attempting to elevate the perception of black individuals Trueblood is a constant reminder of the negative stereotypes they are trying to rid themselves of, the narrator echoes the fears of the black community, that due to Trueblood’s depravity the racist white perception will promote this as representative of the black community and “say that all negroes do such things" (58). Respectability politics serve to mandate the oppressed attitudes towards their oppression, the burden of gaining respect falls entirely on the marginalized group to fulfill the dominant culture’s
“ You can kill as many blue jays and robins as your heart desires, but don`t kill a Mockingbird, that is a sin.” - Atticus Finch Pg(93) Through the works of Harper Lee in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, we are introduced to the question, it it worth taking a stand for yourself, and for others. The book “To Kill A Mockingbird” deals with a post reconstruction era in the south, and the effects of racism in the court system, with the main protagonist Scout dealing with the effect of the town lawyer and her father, Atticus dealing with this racism when he is asked to defend an African American man for raping a white woman. Through the actions of Mrs. Dubose, Judge Taylor, Tom Robinson, and Atticus the town lawyer , it is demonstrated that it is worth taking a stand for oneself,and for others as well. It is worth taking a stand for yourself, in fact, it goes against the golden rule which states that doing not doing bad to others is what you should do, because you are giving yourself the hard time, when you know that you have a chance of stopping it, which makes you a bad person. If you stand up for yourself, you might allow other people to then stand up for themselves, and that is doing something good for them, which helps them further, and it the extension of the golden rule.
Two noteworthy films seen in class were Machine Gun Preacher and The Long Walk Home both films surrounding racism and the power of religious quest. While watching these films the audience can compare the methods used for protests in each film to Malcolm X’s use of active social injustice by following the motto “by any means necessary”. Unlike Malcolm X fighting for the social injustice of his own race, Machine Gun Preacher and The Long Walk Home portray white protagonists fighting on behalf of a race that is not their own. Machine Gun Preacher introduces the protagonist Sam Childers a recently released prisoner that is verbally and physically abusive towards his wife and family. Childers is lost, naïve, and addicted to drugs but then goes
Vice President LBJ Declares war on Poverty and then signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this act outlaws discrimination in public facilities which in my opinion is a huge step in the right direction. 3B. The star represent a sheriff’s badge because white prejudice against African Americans was enforced by the legal system. In my opinion Ringgold is trying to let people be aware of what is happening in her nation without being imprisoned and a painting representing the legal system (the star in the painting) was the best way to do so and get away with it. The stripes represent a
Thus, the Black Power Movement was similar to the Civil Rights Movement in that they were both fighting racism. However, the Black Power Movement was not a nonviolent group of black activists. Malcom X, born Malcom Little and the leader of the Black Power Movement, believed that black people should defend themselves against any form of assault. He promoted militant techniques, such as rifle groups, and stood for cultural pride. For example, he jeered at white Americans who tanned and curled their hair as if they were trying to be black.
During the Jim Crow Era, whites and the police would brutalize those blacks that were attending the rallies. The Black Panthers continued to fight back. Malcolm X stated in a one of his famous speeches that "the time has come to fight back in self-defense whenever the black man is being unjustly and unlawfully attacked (“The Black Panther Party Fights for Equality.” 123helpme.com 22 Apr 2016
Ta-Neshisi Coates a well-known writer of “Between the World and Me” uses his book to meditate on what it means to be black in America today. It uses a letter from Mr. Coates to his son, Samori and speaks on living in a country where unarmed black males and little boys are targets of police brutality – such as victims like Michael Brown, Tamir Gray, Eric Garner and many more. Mr. Coates uses this title “Between the World and Me “from Richard Wright who wrote a poem based on the fear he felt growing up. Fearing the police who possessed to have full control of his body, meaning they were beating and frisking anyone whom they believed was causing trouble (“the blacks”). Coates however writes with the purpose of urging his son and other African American boys and men to be watchful, to be careful, and to arm himself with knowledge by giving them recounts of stories of innocent men.
Racial profiling and discrimination is an underlining theme in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. The author uses everyday encounters to expose the harsh reality African American people live. Rankine’s perspective on racism is applicable to years dating from 1860 to present day occurrences. Discrimination against African Americans is a continuing problem. Although slavery does not exist, African Americans continually grieve the agony their ancestors faced throughout the Civil War and World War II.