Topic: Scottsboro Trials Sources: Remembering Scottsboro: The legacy of an infamous trial, The Trials of the Scottsboro boys, and Scottsboro and its legacy: The cases that challenged american legal and social justice. Thesis: The Scottsboro Trials were an important piece of history because it was a huge stepping stone of the civil rights movement and it showed the racial inequality in America which was then taken to the supreme court. (support statement) No crime in American history, produced as many trials, convictions, reversals and retrials as did the alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers. (Supported Statement 2) If you were were alive or born between the times of 1931 through 1950 everything was “Contaminated” the air you breathed, the words you heard, the newspapers, no matter what it was during that time period you could not call America civilized. (supported statement 3) The Scottsboro trials opened a window on a time and place where the social norm weighed so heavily that the principles of law buckled and showed the injustice of America 's court system and America itself.
She argues that because race and gender converge, the "Concerns of minority women fall into the void between concerns about women 's issues and concerns about racism" (Crenshaw, 1993, p. 1282). Crenshaw states that there is a tolerance for of racialized violence against women. She uses the example of the popular rap group, 2 Live Crew, who was prosecuted for a live performance (the first ever all black group to be prosecuted for a live performance – the all black part most likely having a lot to do with it). Crenshaw then compares the 2 Live Crew prosecution to live performances by Madonna which had very similar obscenity to the 2 Live Crew performances, but were not prosecuted. Although 2 Live Crew was prosecuted, the prosecution was not in any way about protecting the people most directly indicated in their lyrics and obscenity, which is black
Likewise, the protagonist of the novel Sethe kills her child and this murder does not become distant, each time it comes closer. In “Beloved” one can comprehend how difficult it is to be a slave woman at the hands of a slave-holder. This cannot be denied that the reasons behind Sethe’s murder of her own baby girl emerge due to the brutal sides of slavery. The violent act of Sethe has “…relation to slavery” (Kubitschek, 115). When “a cruel man called school-teacher becomes the master, the slaves attempt a group escapes” (Kubitschek, 116).
Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird. Showing that they are both related in many ways. The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird deal with racial injustice first hand. Scout, the narrator and daughter of Atticus Finch, experienced racial injustice of her father’s court case with Tom Robinson, an African American. Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores.
This novel takes place in a fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. The climax of this story is a rape trial that involves a Negro, Tom Robinson, and a white woman, Mayella Ewell. In the court’s eyes’ her power is clear, but is she that powerful? Because of her vulnerability as a woman and a very low-class status, she’s powerless, but her privilege as a white person in a racist society is very powerful. Mayella is powerless because of her gender.
Slavery has been a very big issue since 1700s of inequality among enslaved people; especially, black woman. Starting in the early 1700s, the news that the planter took advantage of their power by raping enslaved women were pervasive(Henretta 95). According to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacob, she described her hardness in working days and nights, and she was forced to have sexual intercourse with her white owner(Henretta 370). In addition, she pointed out that the sexual abuse of women is a profound moral failing of the slave regime(Henretta 370). After Jacob’s book, in 1831, Maria Stewart gave her speeches to black men and women persuading black women to consider their place in the society(Hartmann 21).
To be specific, she situates the imminent feminist struggle by highlighting the legacy of slavery among black people, and black women in particular. “Black women bore the terrible burden of equality in oppression” (Davis). Due to her race, her writing focuses on what she understood and ideas that are relevant to black females. Conversely, since white men used black women in domestic labor and forcefully rape these individuals. These men used this powerful weapon to remind black women of their female and vulnerability.
Sexual abuse of all black women by wealthy white men was just as prevalent during emancipation as it was during slavery. The sexual abuse the enslaved black women received by their wealthy white male masters, was justified by white men and women due to the Jezebel myth they had created. Deborah Gray White defines the Jezebel myth in her reading, “Jezebel and Mammy”, when she states, "[The Jezebel] did not lead men and children to God; piety was foreign to her. She saw no advantage in prudery, indeed domesticity paled in importance before matters of the flesh” (Gray White 29). The thought of the black woman as hypersexual, allowed white men and women of all classes to sexually and racially oppress the black women, declaring them "unladylike”, not maternal figures and not sexually pure like the white women.
Hickey (1991), a criminologist, divided female serial killers into two groups, Black Widows and Angels of death. This distinctive grouping was done back in 1991, however throughout the following years, the scope of female killers broadened and more distinct groups were distinguished. Black Widows Female serial killers who only marry to kill their husbands for financial gain. Angels of Death FSK’s (female serial killers) who set themselves up as God, targeting those who in their estimation are already marked for natural death. For an example, people sick in hospitals, or an aged relative of theirs whose daily support has been in their hands.
The novel primarily focuses on the problems that the African-American women faced in the 20th century in the south of the United States depicted on the example of Celie, who came through a number of events and finally managed to self-actualize herself in a world that was hostile to her. The Color Purple unleashed a storm of controversy; a number of male African-American critics complained that the novel reaffirmed old racist stereotypes. Nevertheless, the Color Purple also had its supporters,