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.
It was aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. The act significantly widened the franchise and is considered among the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. Many people look back to the civil rights movement to see people like to see people like Martin Luther King, and Robert Williams and so many others that wanted to see change for minorities in America. They fought for their rights every day of their lives like so many others and
Slavery is over therefore how can racism still exist? This has been a question posed countlessly in discussions about race. What has proven most difficult is adequately demonstrating how racism continues to thrive and how forms of oppression have manifested. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, argues that slavery has not vanished; it instead has taken new forms that allowed it to flourish in modern society. These forms include mass incarceration and perpetuation of racist policies and societal attitudes that are disguised as color-blindness that ultimately allow the system of oppression to continue.
One of the history's greatest figures, Nelson Mandela, once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Over the course of years, this statement has only become more relevant. Maybe that is the reason why the topic of the decline of the American education has been recently spurring such a heated debate among national academic and teaching communities. In “The Chronicle of Higher Education”, Carl Singleton, a faculty member at Fort Hays State University, also presented his reflections concerning the U.S. education system. In the article titled “What Our Education System Needs is More F’s”, Singleton proposes a solution to the crisis of American education. As he argues, the main cause of the poor quality
As far as minority groups playing a role in a democratic republic, what role do they play? I mean, what are their actual rights, and to what level will these rights be asserted, while also benefitting the whole society? Mr. Volk explains the answers to these questions in this book Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy. Volk focuses this study and book on the protest groups that were actually active during the thirty years leading up to the civil war. And while this was all happening, there were the majorities that were getting into it with the newly confident minorities, giving Volk a perfect storm to study their not so perfect integration together.
Through the differences, the both movie showed how the racial oppression was present at that time and how people were having a hard time in accepting another race and culture. Both movie can play a significant part as a tool of historical learning. “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” gave us a context on the state of Interracial Marriage at that time, how social status played a vital role and the civic right movement efforts. “Selma” on the other hand showed us the efforts and the drive the nation and Martin Luther King Jr. had to ensure the voting
Education for the Better A common struggle we have today is the topic of education and how it’s supposed to be used in our society. Some may say that education is only used as a time consumer place holder to stop the flooding of jobs while others say that it is a journey to discover who we are and what we are interested in doing in the future. In the autobiography “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley and Malcolm X (1965), they emphasize how Malcolm’s prison studies made him be able to become one of the most articulate and powerful leaders of black America during the 1960s. Freeman A. Hrabowki III’s (2003) commentary, “College prepare people for life” discusses how college isn’t a waste of time and how its education
When thinking about what I wanted to write about for my Freshman thesis I was struck with the three R’s: Race, Religion, and Retar...I mean Politics. In terms of race, I would want to focus on what it means to be a racist, and why being labeled as one is way worse than actually being one in today’s society. It is important with this specific topic to dissect the definition of racism, color-blind racism, prejudice, and ignorance. It is also important to find out why society has shifted from different views on racism. Also, it is necessary to find out whether or not racism in this country has gotten better, worse, or remained the same.
Each of the chapters foucus on a time period where white rage was running rampant. The chapters include: Reconstructing Recontruction, Derailing the Great Migration, Burning Brown to the Ground, Rolling Back Civil Rights, and How to Unelect a Black President. In the chapter “How to Unelect a Black President,” Anderson tells us that Barack Obama’s 2008 election brought out a record number of African American voters; it was almost the same as whites. After this many states started emplacing voter ID laws- these laws make it harder for minorities to vote. This change might seem small to some people, but they showcase the passive aggressive nature of white rage.
In the United States’ current political climate, “racism” is a term thrown around so often that it almost begins to lose its original definition. The same can be said when discussing and analyzing the success rate of minority students in higher education. People are inclined to jump to the conclusion that a faculty member or institution is inherently racist instead of looking at all of the factors involved in a student’s success. The three main factors that I will be covering over the course of this essay are school tuition rates, Affirmative Action policies, and how schools handle discipline. While there are cases of inarguable racism within higher education, an in-depth analysis of the factors stated above will prove that “racism” is not
The Anchor Baby Debate The anchor baby debate is gaining momentum as this year’s presidential election debates are gearing up in the political news. The term anchor baby is typically an offensive term that refers to a child that is born in the United States to a noncitizen mother and granted birthright citizenship. Almost every candidate has had to address this controversial topic in some shape, form, or fashion. The thoughts on what should be done about the law and the use of the phrase differ among the candidates. Before we talk about the various issues and my own thoughts on the policy, everyone should know the basics of the Birthright Citizenship Law.
People always want to demand their essential rights from government’s restriction by passing new laws. There was a period when people demanded their rights in the 1900s. Within the United States, most African Americans’ rights were denied by state governments. Hence, in the 1960s, they took a stand on requiring their rights through the Civil Rights movement around the country. During this movement, the Voting Rights Act was significant and for the reason is that this act gave African Americans a chance to participate in US politics by their votes.
It is true to say that, nowadays, mass media has strong influence on people’s minds and this power is widely used to put in favor some political organization or prove that the social construction is perfect and the government does great job. In a protest, Tanzina Vega released a statement “Shooting Spurs Effort on Stereotypes”. The major points of that statement are the stereotypical way of thinking about black population and how the information from simple people is different from mass media’s one. In that passage Ms. Vega opened serious questions about stereotypes and how mass media takes the information out of the context to prove that the stereotypes are still appropriate. The passage is written for people who are not able to filtrate the information from mass media and take that information for undeniable truth.