In the 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges changed America by walking up the steps of a white only school to gain an education. To survive this experience, Ruby had to rise above the prejudice, face her fears, and find the strength in her faith. Ruby overcame abundance of prejudice. Everyday marshals had to take her to school because Ruby received so many threats. At William Frantz School there was a crowd of people protesting not to let Ruby go to school there, and when Ruby walked by they would scream and yell mean things to her.
In addition, Lillian Jean demands for respect from Cassie and even Cassie was treated badly by Lillian Jean’s father during her first trip to Strawberry. Taylor (1976), Mr. Simms glared down at me. “When my gal Lillian Jean says for you to get yo’self off the sidewalk, you get, you hear?” (pg. 96). Cassie who is just a nine year old girl for the first time encountering a conflict regarding racism and facing such a humiliation by the whites.
After graduating middle school her friend lost touch with her and eventually left her life for good: “By the time she got to Welch High Dinitia changed.” Jeannette was also sexually harassed by one of her friends in Phoenix while playing hide-and-seek: “Billy smushed his face against mine… ‘Guess what?’Billy shouted. ‘I raped you’” Lastly, while going to school in Phoenix Jeannette was bullied for being smart and skinny: “The other students didn’t like me much because I was so tall and pale and skinny and always raised my hand too fast… A few days after I started school, four Mexican girls followed me home and jumped me in an alleyway…” These situation taught Jeannette the harsh reality of outsiders. Not everyone will like you; some will seem like they like you and fake it and even good friends come and
When Carla approached the window she shockingly realized the man was naked from the waist down. The perverted man had a string tied around his genitalia and tried to get Carla to get into the car with him. This part in the book reminds me of a movie called A Time to Kill about a ten-year-old black girl who gets brutalized and raped by two rednecks. The two rednecks followed the girl when she was walking home from getting groceries for her
Emotion tied all these men together. They told the citizens and even themselves at times that their actions were for the good of Rome but could never give good reason as to how. Each man, Brutus as an exception, had personal hatred for Caesar. They even rejected plans to kill Antony- Caesar’s companion- in addition, because he hadn’t done anything to them. This was extremely poor planning.
Lily’s insecurity is displayed through her actions in school when encountering the more popular girls, “I started picking scabs off my body and, when I didn’t have any, gnawing the flesh around my fingernails until I as a bleeding wreck” (Kidd 9). For instance, Lily’s act of shying away from others and picking at her scabs helped to emphasize her discomfort when people she considered her betters, in style at least, surrounding Lily and reminding her about her own less than satisfactory personal looks. Furthermore, her self-consciousness, along with her inborn daringness led her to run away from home, and take Rosaleen with her. In brief, the lack of parental guidance for Lily led her to be slightly unstable, and embarrassed about herself in general led her to run away from home, and the instability caused her to start stealing and lying. In Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Secret Life of Bees, the color blue symbolized the love others felt towards Lily.
After reading and viewing the racism pieces I conclude that many blacks were unfairly treated in crimes that they never did during the Scottsboro trials. The Scottsboro trial is a great example of how badly blacks were treated back during the Jim Crow Laws. The Scottsboro trial was about nine black boys aged twelve to seventeen who were falsely accessed of raping two white women on a train in Alabama. During the Great Depression, people would ride on train cars in search of jobs because there was such a shortage of them. So when the boys were getting out of the train, two white women claimed that they had raped them.
Finally, when May loses April, she endures all the various sufferings of the world, including racial discrimination. Based on this novel, the enforcement of racism will result in a lifetime of suffering. Rosaleen, the protagonist’s closest black friend, is negatively impacted by the experiences she encounters with three white nigger haters. As Rosaleen and Lily (main character of the novel) are entering the town of Sylvan, the three nigger haters begin judging Rosaleen due to her black appearances. Gradually, Rosaleen becomes more and more irritated with their insults.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye ” (“Motivational Quotes). In society, people are notorious for making assumptions about others right off the bat. In “ The Minister’s Black Veil” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne , this is true for the townspeople. Their reaction to the major change in Mr. Hooper’s appearance is a prime example of this problem. The way they excluded Mr. Hooper and talked about him behind his back backs up that fact that they were uninterested in trying to understand his decisions.
You’ll catch diseases!”(Stockett 111) Mae is harshly punished for using the wrong bathroom, and was taught that all black people “carry diseases.” White people during that time sternly believed black people are ‘dirty” and continued to pass these beliefs down to their children. Aibileen tried to help Mae as much as possible and tried to give her better morals than her mom taught her. She tried as hard as she could, considering she practically raised her. “I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the negro side of town. I want to stop that moment from coming – and it come in every white child's life – when they start to think that colored folks are not as good as whites.