Destruction, poverty, and violence are just a few examples of discrimination that the Black community had to go through during the 1960-1980’s , and are all similar issues portrayed in the films “Black Power Mixtape” and “Do The Right Thing”. Both films have their own story, but both reflect on the racial injustice Black citizens faced, while also educating viewers on the violence that occurred during that time through riots, and police brutality. Each film comments on African American experiences of racial injustice by telling a story of pride and power, while also demonstrating destruction, brutality, and violence throughout the Black community. The famous film directed by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing”, focuses on racially diverse individuals who live and work in a lower class neighborhood in Brooklyn,
I also define the main aspect of this song which is to make the wider society aware of inequalities that the song exposes and what can be done to eliminate these inequalities. Tay Zonday’s goal was to use his song ‘Chocolate Rain’ to act as a euphemism for racism which plainly implies that his song was indirectly targeted towards multicultural societies. I also interview several African American people to recognize their views towards the Racism and injustice. Referenced websites • http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tay_zonday/chocolate_rain.html • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENjvnF2b1_E •
The Old Testament begins with Genesis where God created the sky, seas, and land. He created mankind, a man and a woman in His own image. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and told them to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. God allowed them to eat of any fruit in the garden except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was forbidden to them. Adam and Eve had the choice to obey or disobey, but God warned them that death would result if they disobeyed.
Blake describes the “fruit of Deceit” that grows on the Tree of Cruelty as “ruddy and sweet to eat,” illustrating it to be tempting and irresistable (line 18). This alludes to the Biblical story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, and takes the stance that so long as this Tree exists, mankind will be forever be deceitful. The Raven, another metaphorical character, is introduced in the fifth stanza building “his nest… in the thickest shade” (line 19-20). Ravens are large, black ominous birds, symbolic of death and eternity, and a raven that builds its nest in the thickest or strongest shade of religion can withstand any of the dreadful tendencies that come along with it, such as violence and war. Blake ends the poem by telling us for some time “the Gods of earth and sea / Sought thro' Nature to find this Tree,” indicating that they have searched all throughout the world to find the tree in order to ascertain the true nature of things (lines 25-26).
Poetry Analyzation: Both Cowper and Poe have very distinct writing styles and techniques, as Cowper writes poetry that revolves around religion and Poe differs with essays that involve many imaginative and dark aspects, such as a theme of death. In one of his poems “The Negro’s Complaint” , Cowper demonstrates his writing skills through a controversial poem that brings god and slavery together. This poem was used as an act of conscience, because of the guilt he felt for the “sin” of using African-Americans as pawns of slavery by his people. Cowper made this poem to give those who are not heard, a voice, and to raise awareness for those who cannot riot or protest for their own freedom, hoping to result with putting reality into the conscience of slave owners. The poem is constructed into seven stanzas, organized in iambic pentameter containing a rhythm of “ababcdcd”, throughout the rhythm of the poem comes reflection to the emotions of the speaker whom is a slave.
This made Meeropol opened his eyes to display the ugly truth about the horrors that African-Americans experienced through the abolition. Soon after he was inspired to write this shady poem, he approached Billie Holiday a famous African American singer to voice his poem as a song. This song voiced by her brings a very emotional and horrifying event about the oppression against people of colors at the Southern of United States in the early twentieth century. Therefore, I will be covering this song in depth from top to bottom about the opening stanza that starts the background of injustice and inequality actions minorities of blacks had encounter in the Southern America, explain how this song really means to Billie Holiday, shows how some element poetry is broken down in this poem, and successfully point out how this poem to affect our lynching in the history of America. First, throughout the poem of “Strange
Mildred D. Taylor wrote the novel titled, “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry”, where she briefly explains to the reader about the struggle that human being faced during the Great Depression. The main character named Cassie Logan lives in Mississippi with her family. They work hard to keep the small farmland and to endure many racial injustices from the white families. The children at Jefferson Davis school are being harassed by many white childrens. And the rumors about the Wallace boys burning black men, which started boycotts and fightings across town.
In Ralph Ellison’s short story “Battle Royal”, the unnamed narrator had to deal with the oblique acts of racism that constantly affects the social class and individual identity of the oppressed African Americans during that time. It is easy to see that due to the color of his skin, this bright youth is brutally sabotaged by the white-dominated society in which he lives in. As a master of poetic devices, Ellison incorporates numerous symbols and archetypes into this short story, providing a unique perspective on the narrative and supporting concept of invisibility and identity. Though I do believe that the main point of this entire story can be wrapped around the concept of racial inequality, which is expressed by the actions of how this boy
(SS) This image is a powerful, real life illustration of the extreme segregation of that time. (SS) One specific injustice some had to face was when, “...a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote.” (SS) This injustice kept the black community from being involved in their country’s important issues and decisions. (SS) Also, by using such a specific state and situation, Dr. King was trying to hit close to home for anyone who had been put in that particular or similar position. (SS) By using experiences his audience had most likely understood, Dr. King appealed to their pathos, and he caused them to grasp the reason they should fight.
In his famous article “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”, Hughes found fault with those black poets who aspire to universality for it implies their subconscious desire to give up their blackness and their heritage as well. Hughes stated that the black artist who says:Thus, Hughes undertook a sharp criticism for those black poets who adopt the traditional European literary style in their writings instead of employing a literature that would reflect the suffering and the expressions of their black folk. Hughes believes that when a black artist follows the European model of writing, it reveals his subconscious desire to be white. According to Hughes’ point of view, poetry is an inseparable production from his existence as a black man. Furthermore, Hughes thought that the black poets should not depend upon the works of Shakespeare, Shelley, Wordsworth, Whitman, or Keats in order to provide them with inspiration, universality and fame.