As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
This is something that every black person has and no other race can identify with. The second conflicting identity is the American identity, which is only alive because of the circumstances of slavery. This is how black people are able to understand what life is like for people that are within and outside of their group. However, white people could never understand the black experience. Du Bois mentioned, “The exchange was merry, till one girl, a tall newcomer, refused my card,---refused it peremptorily, with a glance…”.
The logic of this approach is that if this was taught to all of kids in America then everyone would discriminate Black people nationwide, and unfortunately this was the case in most places. This ignorance, eventually led up to the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, Blackface “comedy” and outrageously racist characterchures of black people in cinema such as: The Birth of a Nation, A Patch of Blue, Mammy, and etc. I think as a nation, we are gradually recovering from the choices made during reconstruction. In conclusion, I think modern day America would not be segregated if during reconstruction, Black people were treated and viewed as
The party wished for end of robbery by the capitalist. The party looked at the government as racist people that has robbed Blacks of their worth. Decent housing that is comfortable for the Black community was requested so that their people can remain in the comfort they deserve. The fifth point was the need for education, the type of education that was wanted were the teachings of African American history. The party also wanted all black men to be exempted from military service for these following reasons, they didn’t believe that black people should be forced to fight for a racist government and that it is also unfair to put their life at risk when the government doesn’t protect black people.
He used Logos and Pathos by telling facts about racist voting restrictions and then phrased it in a way to make the crowd give sympathy. An example of him using logos and pathos is when he said: “Yet the harsh fact is that in many places of this country men and women are kept from voting simply because they are Negroes.” He said this right after he said “Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.” these two lines shock the audience. These two joined together, is the perfect strategy because when Lyndon Johnson stated what should be and what everyone believed, and then said what the harsh reality was in a negative way, it literally changed the perspective of many Members of congress and many other viewers. Lyndon Johnson’s mix of Pathos and Logos helped convinced the crowd into helping him abolish racist voting restrictions. In the speech “We shall overcome,” Lyndon Baines Johnson used Logos and Pathos to convince the crowd, and backed it up with a strong, determined tone.
Langston Hughes wrote about how African American culture should be celebrated like any other culture because it is just as important. In earlier times African Americans weren’t even considered people so there is no way that their culture would be celebrated. It later times when they weren’t slaves they were depicted as strange and wild creature and not so much people. So basically in that sense their culture was being denounced. When there was a show with a character that was black they would use a “blackface” which was a white man with his face painted black.
E. B. DuBois talks about how the “veil” that African Americans have been forced to wear has played its part in keeping them under the color line. The veil suggests to the literal darker skin of Blacks, which is a physical demarcation of difference from whiteness, white people’s lack of clarity to see Blacks as “true” Americans, and the veil refers to Blacks’ lack of clarity to see themselves outside of what white America describes and prescribes for them. This veil is worn by all African-Americans because their view of the world and its potential economic, political, and social opportunities are so vastly different from those of white people. The veil is a visual manifestation of the color line, a problem Du Bois worked his whole life to remedy. Du Bois investigates the influence that segregation and discrimination have had on black people.
When it comes to white people understanding their privilege, I am more upset that people don’t educate themselves about it. For example, the whole movement and organization of “Black Lives Matter” is to bring awareness of how blacks are being treated by police and how the justice system is failing to protect us. Somehow, ignorant white people felt entitled to bring “All lives Matter” as if all lives share the same struggle as blacks. They don’t understand that it is the exact system of whiteness that shelters them from the challenges black Americans face. Instead of scrutinizing the system that protects their privilege, they would rather add more distress towards the people facing the system.
Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech maintains relevance today in relation to rampant police brutality and crippling racial inequality throughout the United States. His famous speech is still revered today by many black rights activists. Its continued relevance is very important to the fight against racial inequality of modern society. Specifically his words about police brutality due to it being as similarly merciless today as it was over 50 years ago. The significance of the “I have a dream” speech is shown when Dr. King says “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality”.
The song also has lines such as “I’m black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan”, and “You hate my people, I can tell cause it threatens when I see you”. This song and many of the themes it expresses can relate to W.E.B DuBois’s theories in The Souls of Black Folk and also in The Philadelphia Negro. The theories behind Double Consciousness can be seen in when Kendrick Lamar raps about his struggle as both an American and having African descent, and coming to realization at 16 that he was different from the other Americans he saw around him, and he asks those white American stop “to pardon my heritage from a small village”. DuBois claims that this is the idea of Double Consciousness, where African Americans don’t feel as though they fit into America and the predominately white culture, and by not fully fitting into either identity as African or American, they can’t identify a sense of self and identity. This song can also fit into the theory of The Negro Problem written about by W.E.B DuBois in The Philadelphia Negro, where during the time of writing the book, African Americans