Sacrifice: destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else. America was once a great nation because of the incredible sacrifices that were made. America is, still, a great nation, but is lacking the sacrifices that were made years ago. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, went to jail to gain freedom for his people. His powerful words in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” moved his followers to take charge and earn their freedom.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love" (qtd. in "Martin"). Martin believed that people of all color could come together as one, which he helped achieved, but also cost him his life. Martin Luther King Jr. was a very inspirational man whose assassination was caused by people of other race, being threatened by his want for change in what was considered to be equality for his people.
He would grow up to be one of the most infamous boxers in history. He would change his name to Muhammad Ali and directly associated himself with the muslim religion. Many people did not like this and he was criticized for it. However, he had such a significant impact for both african american rights and muslim rights. Ali was always the greatest in all of his pursuits during his lifetime.
The 1936 Olympics were supposed to support Hitler’s belief that German “Aryan” people were the dominant race. The Berlin games were supposed to be a German showcase and a statement for Aryan supremacy. The African Americans of Team U.S.A. faced a lot of challenges including the competition, and Hitler’s view of Aryan Supremacy, also known as Hitler’s ideal domination of white Europeans. Jesse Owens proved Hitler wrong, when he became the first American athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad. Adolf Hitler was so stunned and angry that Owens had successfully defeated his German people, that he even walked out of the stadium.
Though, it is considered rude for him to ask them about their political views, they don not hesitate to ask him about his thoughts on Obama, and the possibility that he could be the very first black president. Sedaris realizes that his opinion will speak for the rest of America in their eyes, thus when he tries to fight the stereotype and admits he is in fact rooting for Obama, they tell him that the rest of America are too racist to ever elect a black man. (Everyone was an expert and what they all knew was this: Americans are racist. P. 8 out of 10 and “Americans are afraid of anything different” P. 9 out of 10) though, the former is written with heavy sarcasm, the point with that sentence remains the same as the latter. On the other hand, it is not outrageously absurd to have such thoughts on Americans, since the racial segregation ended approximately 60 years ago and lingers subtly in some aspects of their society.
They will think themselves justified in their misdeeds, simply because they worked hard to achieve their goals. “A great strength of American society is the drive to succeed -- well, not just to succeed but to do better than anyone else; to be a star, a tycoon, an authority, a power, a celebrity or a leader; to be admired, respected, feared or obeyed more than your peers...As for one of the great weaknesses of American society, see all of the above” (Samuelson, source 4). This quote illustrates my point perfectly. The American ambition and the need to win, so to speak, at all costs is a double edged sword. While, on the surface it appears this drive is beneficial, that same drive can lead people to resort to corrupt, unsavory means to achieve greatness.
He returned to Jamaica in 1912 and founded many more helpful businesses for the African society Marcus Garvey found inspiration from people like Hitler, Mussolini, and Sussali because of their racial pride. He was also inspired by the Irish movement for freedom against Britain. He felt as though they wanted to see their own people excel in the world. It is astounding that Martin Luther King looked up to him because Dr. King did not like the ideals of Hitler. He also had a word based off of him: Garveyism.
history in the 1950's and 1960's by hitting the society. Ali was a great boxer who was very confident in his boxing game. Ali wanted to make a change in society by trying to get rid of the racial discrimination in America. Ali was also against the war in Vietnam. Ali said “Unless you have a very good reason to kill, war is wrong.” Ali sent messages of hope to the African American community by telling them to have pride.
Life in America James Baldwin is one of the most inspirational writers to live, so it comes to no surprise you can find similarities in other writers’ work. In one of his better writings, “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation,” James Baldwin warns his nephew white people are going to hate him simply because he’s black. Baldwin abvices his nephew throughout his letter to ignore what white people tell him because they want to see him, and everyone else with colored skin, struggle. Garnette Cadogan “Black and Blues” is a similarly successful story, the story depicts how Cadogan grew up in the dangerous streets of Jamaica, and then went to America during his adult life. Growing up in Jamaica
Respect “Respect”, respect has always been always a big thing in my city, respect for those who were better, stronger, for those whom you feared. In my case Cass the Broken was who I feared, he was bigger, stronger and sometimes even smarter. But I had one thing he didn’t, humility. Humility from getting beaten in a fight when my enemy towered over me victorious and from that came fear of losing again and from that fear came anger. That anger drove me to where I am now and will fuel me to my victory, but now let me tell you the story of how I got back to the top to defeat my enemy.