Our whole lives growing up we are told to follow the “Golden Rule”. This rule is defined as to treat someone the way you want to be treated. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch a lawyer in a town called Maycomb in Alabama tries his best to be a role model for his two children. In the quiet town of Maycomb Atticus is given the job to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. Atticus wants to teach his kids Jem and Scout life lessons at an early age so they grow up as respectable people.
From the first day that children enter a school system, they are taught how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and how to honor and respect their country. Good citizenship should be an integral part of our lives so that we can live harmoniously in our society. This is what patriotism should symbolize in our country. However, in the article "Understanding Black Patriotism", Michael Eric Dyson reminds us that sometimes people can take patriotism too far and we can become very critical of people in America. He suggests that black people have been misunderstood and misjudged throughout history.
“Late he come walking and it be Nightjohn and he bringing us the way to know” (Paulsen page 92). In the novel, Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen, a slave named John decides to secretly share his knowledge of literature with others living on different plantations. After moving to a new plantation, John meets a young slave named Sarny. Sarny was uneducated but had an interest in literature. John knew that it was important to teach Sarny how to read and write so she could also teach other slaves.
In Terry Alford’s novel “Prince Among Slaves” there were many people that strived to bring Ibrahima back to Africa, during this time he also worked to free his children. The role of letter writing had an impact on the course of the book and each person connected the direction of Ibrahima’s journey. A former prince, Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, was captured through an ambush due to his lost to the Hebohs and is now a slave (23). When Ibrahima was 19, he had led his first victory, which earned him some respect from his men (16). As the years went by, Ibrahima was the leader of another war campaign, but this time, he did not succeed in battle, this led to the prince’s capture and he got sold into slavery (23).
Literacy and Slavery In the time when slavery had been practiced in the South, people already knew that literacy is an important capability. Slave owners trained their slaves to perform complex tasks, such as working the fields, managing animals, and farming. But they don 't teach their slaves how to read and write. A slaveholder’s society benefited from preventing slaves from learning to read and write. Literacy is an important capability because, it’s the first step on the road to mental and physical freedom.
However, in the past people didn’t have all the rights of liberty and freedom. The freedom of today are based on the suffering that Frederick Douglass and his people have been through, and how they fought for people to gain their own freedom. Frederick Douglass was one of the great men that changed many people’s lives and made great effort to obtain freedom. His mother was a slave too. Frederick was not like other slaves, he had learnt how to read and write.
In Booker T. Washignton’s “The Struggle for an Education”, he elaborates on the role that Yankee teachers played in the education of negroes after the civil war. Washington wanted an education so bad that when he was asked to perform a simple task of sweeping, he proceeded to clean the room spotless with no trace of dust. In my experience, I have been taught by my parents that education is an extremely valuable trait to obtain in life not only to support a family one day but also that being a knowledgeable individual is an important. With my parents’ influence and my acknowledge of this importance of education, I have always been an extremely hard worker in my academics. If I was put in the same position as Booker T. Washington where I was
Wilson also uses characters stories to incorporate the oral tradition of storytelling, as it was how the slaves had lived and recorded history prior to their emancipation, and was still a very big part of how they lived day to day life. An example of this would be Bynum’s story about the shining man. Bynum tells the audience (and Martha) about the shining man and the significance of how seeing the shining man made him decide he wanted to be a binding man. This is a significant part of Bynum’s life, for without this moment, Bynum could have ended up just like Herald Loomis—desperate and despaired, looking for someone or something to fulfill his life’s purpose. Bynum’s story about the burning man also shows the different styles of life back then, and the different cultures that moved from the South to the North, all in search of better life and better opportunity.
It is already mentioned that conversion played one of the most important roles in Malcolm X’s life. The essay is aimed at looking at this biography through the lenses of other combinationism types, such as rejection, acceptance, and acculturations. The instances of combinationism will be discussed as to make an argument of how they can be considered as important in his life. There are clear periods in the life of Malcolm X when he tried to assimilate white culture; he was trying to belong with them. In his early childhood Malcolm X was not very much aware of the stereotypes about black people, at that time he did not realize that a word such as
When I finished the first stanza it gave me the impression that Larkin may have had some resentment towards his parents. After saying that they “fuck you up” he goes on to say that even if it was not intentional they still do without even noticing and they do it by giving you their faults and add extra just for you. After reading that stanza I thought back to my childhood and all the blessings and opportunities I’ve had. My parents were born on the Caribbean island called Haiti and came here to America in hope of better opportunities for their future family. Them being born and raised in a different country than me and my sister meant there would automatically be a clash of cultures.
After reading, “ The Exert from Fredrick Douglass”, I learned more about the thoughts of a slave named Fredrick Douglass. This has also expanded my thoughts about the history of slavery and how it affected people. Douglass was a slave who belonged to a man named Hugh Auld in Baltimore. Douglass was a lot different from other slaves, because he knew how to read. Douglass first began to learn how to read when Auld’s wife started to teach him.
They had two children: Elizabeth Lydia and Robert Smalls Jr. shortly afterwards. One day, Smalls asked the slave owners of his wife and himself to allow them to live together so that they could have better lives. The slave owners agreed. He, however, was not appeased because he feared one day the slave owners could sell his wife and children to a land far away. Therefore he asked for the price of freedom for him and his wife.
Through the use of appeals and tone James McBride reveals the importance of education and religion, but above all else McBride mostly focuses on finding his identity, trying to understand race as he was growing up, and shows how his mother played an important role in his life When was McBride was growing up, he was confused about who he was and his mother. “All my siblings, myself included, had some sort of color confusion at one point or another (52)”, It would be no surprised that all his brothers and sisters would be confused, knowing that were being raised in a black community by a mother whose skin color was light-skinned and that she refused to discuss about where she came from or why she looks different. Every
The African American community was able to provide for their families and a sense of pride in their own work and send their kids to school. The government was looking for the best interest of the former slaves. On the other hand historians see that time in history as a failure. African Americans were pushed into political positions without the proper knowledge or training. The blacks were not place in a positon to succeed from the very beginning.
Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography My Bondage and my Freedom in order to prove to the world that even though he was an eloquent speaker, he had once been a salve. In one chapter, initially Mrs. Auld was glad about Douglass’s reading because she taught him. “My mistress-who had begun to teach me,” (Douglass pg 521). I think that Mrs. Auld is later “violent in her opposition” to Douglass’s reading because her husband taught her that slaves are things and not people. “My mistress-who had begun to teach me-was suddenly checked in her benevolent design, by the strong advice of her husband,” (Douglass pg 521).