The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended all state and local laws involving segregation. It has only been 54 years since segregation in the United states was legal. Until about 50 years ago the laws did not protect everyone as a whole; black and white people were not considered equal and were separated from each other. This included racial segregation in schools, restaurants, cafes, bathrooms, hotels/motels, on buses and trains. The modern Civil Rights movement began in the 1950s when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man on a segregated bus.
Jon Vorpe describes this solution by saying “ An African-American driver is pulled over for, say, not signaling a lane change. The attending officer will, in the spirit of good public service, ask the driver if she’d be more comfortable with an African-American police officer. If so? Then the attending police officer calls it in and sits with the citizen until an African-American officer shows up.” I think that this is the best solution because there is less chance for a police officer to be races and want to misbehave with someone of a different race.
When Martin Luther protested an fought for the right of the colored people he did in a nonviolent way but the rulers did not use the same method. According to the article Selma to Montgomery March “The marchers didn’t get far before Alabama state troopers wielding whips, nightsticks and tear gas rushed the group at the Edmund Pettis Bridge and beat them back to Selma.” The ruled risk getting punished harshly but that doesn’t take away their responsibility. It is the citizens duty to create a safe and equal environment for everyone. “You are our sovereign, our Government, only so long as we consider ourselves your subjects” (pg.176).
The idea of a “respectable negro” is a farce. No matter how “respectable” and “good” a black person becomes, that won’t make them any less susceptible to racism. I hear this from a lot of black and white people, if you dress, act or talk a certain way then there won’t be anything to worry about and that’s just simply not true. What happens when you do all the things “right” yet you still end up dead on the street? I
In the novel Black Boy, Wright is living a life filled with constant neglect and segregation; however, even as a child, he was able to accept others without hurting them. When Mrs. Moss was obviously trying to force the idea of marriage with her daughter to Wright, he just simply replied that he didn’t want to get involved in her life and that he didn’t want to hurt her (Wright 213). This is just an example of one person who has accepted the idea of tolerance. During this exact time, Wright was being misjudged and mistreated by the people who believed that they were better than him. The flag case in “American Flag Stands For Tolerance” resulted in the freedom of Gregory Lee Johnson because the ultimate irony would have been to punish views expressed by burning the flag that stands for the right to those expressions (Allen 20).
In the articles I have read about Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X I have noticed these men have very different styles on how they want to help with segregation. Malcolm was about self defence and to fight back. But Martin Luther King Jr was all about no violence and not fighting back. He believed that the best way to protest was to have a silent protest. This was when people would either go to diners or any public places and they wouldn’t get food, but they would sit on the bench and they wouldn't fight.
Montgomery Bus Boycott The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a crucial part of the Civil Rights Movement. Lasting from December 1, 1955 to December 20, 1956, it was a time of protesting against the public buses to end racial segregation. It took over a year but the U.S. Supreme Court finally decided to make the segregation of city buses unconstitutional. This was not only a victory for the people of Alabama, but it also led to more participation in activism and civil rights movements all around the country.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” (Rosa Quotes). Rosa Park’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, she chose to participate in civil disobedience to protest seats on the bus for colored people, and she did achieve success using this controversial method of standing up for what she strongly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is protesting in a way that purposely breaks a law. Typically the laws that are being broken are the ones that they are protesting (Peter Suber). The purpose of civil disobedience is to attempt or put a stop to an unfair law and get it changed (Peter Suber).
Most people who sag their pants claim that they do so because they do not like the feeling of belts and pants cutting off the circulation of blood in their waists. Not wearing pants at all would eliminate this uncomfortable sensation while also helping other people in society feel less uncomfortable when driving or walking past these people. Finally, not wearing pants will also allow awkward tan lines to disappear since people would not be hiding their legs from the sun. This proposal is beneficial to society in many ways including that it would eliminate the views of disgust from judgmental people, save money on future purchases of pants, and allow people participating in this epidemic to lose the feeling of their cut off blood
Many Americans had experienced let downs by the government, therefore, believed in a need for change. King gave speeches to help motivate the voices of the innocents who had been treated badly by policeman or for the color of their skin. This text fits into revolution traditions because Kings, marchers had set goals to accomplish which was to get rid of segregation and eliminate unjust laws. The protest also had a concept and rules that had to be followed which was not to hit back or be violent when hit. Because of King people are allowed to go to different school no matter what color skin they are.
The bus driver asked for Rosa to give up her seat for the white man, but she refused. Rosa Parks was arrested and this outraged the black community. This event was controversial to the civil rights movement. On February 1st, 1960 four African American friends named David,
African American leaders got together and they all decide that until something was done about the laws of segregation all of the african americans would be starting a boycott in the montgomery bus system. The African Americans did not ride the buses for 381 day the people walked everywhere they need to go. As hard as it was for the people they kept going to continue the movement for their rights. The people finally got what they deserved equal rights the United States Supreme Court Ruled that that the Jim Crow Laws were unconstitutional. Rosa boycott was able to bring freedom to the people of the
Haleigh Lindsay Mr. Everly Honors History 10 24 February 2016 Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott In the time between 1850 and 1950, segregation was a great problem in the United States. Segregation is the separation of different racial groups in an area. The people used intimidation and violence to prevent blacks from having rights.
When it comes to America's History you can clearly see how peaceful protest has brought this world to what it is today. If it wasn't for people such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks who voiced their opinions in a nonviolent manner, it's possible that our world would not have reached this equivalent state. While it is true that peaceful resistance has positively affected our society for centuries, these brave people have faced the consequences. For example, King was arrested after one of his nonviolent protests and sent to Birmingham Jail. While there he wrote the now famous piece "A Letter From Birmingham Jail".
Civil Disobedience is a term that is held in a very stereotypical manner. When I think of the term, I think of a peaceful protest that eventually will solve the everlasting issue of governmental control regarding the people's lives. This term to me insinuates that no matter how terrible the situation at hand can be, individuals in any community like setting can ultimately be the bigger person and do no harm to anyone or anything while demoralizing a law. However in current situations, my assumption of the term has unfortunately taken a turn for the worse. Though this may be the case, I still continue to proclaim that civil disobedience sheds a positive light on communal views and how a society should handle an issue.