To begin with, our class material and content ranged from pervasive novels and excerpts to compelling documentaries and talks. Consequently, many class assignments left students grappling with the issues of mass incarceration and experiences with race. I insist that, due to this exposure, my most important learning was being challenged to keep my mind open to and critically thinking about situations and perspectives that I had not been aware of or experienced. The first example that comes to mind was learning about the harsh realities of the discrimination against ex-convicts in Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, argues not only that mass incarceration is a “well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow"(4), but that the prison label placed on convicts is “more damaging to the African American community than the shame and stigma associated with Jim Crow’ (17).
On April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. while confined in the Birmingham City Jail wrote a letter to the clergymen whom disapproved of his actions by calling him and other nonconformists “outsiders coming in”. During the civil rights movement the city of Birmingham was known to be one of the most segregated city in the United States. The City of Birmingham was known for its police brutality against blacks. They’re where also many unsolved cases such as bombing of homes and churches occupied by blacks. Kings letter was an opportunity for him to express the purpose behind the nonviolent campaign.
This excerpt from Samuel Johnson’s “Debtors’ Prisons (2)” puts Johnson’s thoughts and ideas on the necessity of jailing those who fail to pay back their debts forth quite plainly. In the second paragraph, Johnson describes a scene to his audience that restates how the general public would typically react to a person being arrested for that very reason. Johnson continues his anecdote with a situation that parallels the goings-on in Britain at that time - the misfortune that is befalling several people unable to pay back their debts.. It is easy to ignore it when it is only one person, but something must be done when it is happening to so many. Johnson uses another anecdote in paragraph 5 that appeals to the emotions of his audience.
In the excerpt from "Debtors' Prisons" author Samuel Johnson responds to comments made about a letter he had sent to a British lawmaker. In this excerpt, Johnson uses many rhetorical strategies, one of the main being cause and effect. Throughout the text, every action causes effect somewhere. "A debtor is dragged to prison, pitied for a moment, and then forgotten;" Well of course this is because this person is in debt but it's main cause is because they were turned in by their creditors. The debtors confinement in gaols does not only affect them but you must "consider the effects of consanguinity and friendship, and the general reciprocation of wants and benefits,.." You then must also consider the income that debtor once brought in that is
The amount of mass incarceration in the United States as reached an all time high over the years. Mass Incarceration is the incarceration of a person or race based off of them being different and can be identified as a trend among law enforcements.These tensions have reached a certain extent and has received the attention of American citizens and the nation’s government. The laws of the United States seems fair, however with the enforcement of these laws, specific groups are targeted and abused by them daily. The abuse of various ethnicities and groups has taken action in the enforcers of the law, the policemen. These forms of government has taken the control of criminals and placed it races outside the white barrier.
The plot, the setting, the characters were all wonderful, but the three things that caught my attention were the accuracy of events, heart-racing events, and the plot. Throughout the book, events during the jail or courthouse were described very detailed and produced a clear image in my head. The author must have done lots of prior research in order to get information about these events that most commoners do not know. The fire, rape, fights were described in a manner that allowed me to truly experience and understand what it was like in the character’s shoes. The plot went through many situations from jail cells all the way to getting confidential information from the Pentagon.
Critical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail The Letter form the Birmingham jail is one of the greatest piece written my Mr. King today, pointing out various laws which were called unjust laws to the Negros community in Birmingham. After many steps considered to reach a conclusion of demonstration to point out the awareness of these unjust laws. African Americans where given the 14th amendment and laws where established to fight for the black Civil Rights in the early 60’s, but discrimination in social establishments, public places and other areas where still encountered. Mr. King elaborating in his letter the different incidents that points to discrimination, from police violence
There reasons were that he caused to many problems in our society. I will admit he did a lot of things that caused a lot of issues, but think about all the good he has done. King had got imprisoned for leading a freedom march, so MLK’s wife Called President Kennedy about her husband being in prison. Kennedy agreed to her that he’d look into the situation and the very next day King got out of jail. If Martin Luther King caused to many problems why would Kennedy help him?