African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
Huck and Jim become very close while on their journey to find freedom. Huck and Jim become very good friends who are loyal to one another despite their racial differences. Huck did have a moral conflict at first but later accepted that by helping Jim he was doing both a wrong and a right. Huck realized that no matter what he did one party wouldn’t be happy and he didn’t want Jim to feel betrayed. Huck and Jim developed a close relationship while on their journey which showcased that it doesn’t matter what color skin you have
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,
Clayton always wanted to acquire Cool Papa’s identity, but after overcoming challenges he was able to discover his own self-identity. Clayton had to compromise his values to join the Beat Boys because he didn’t want to be a “cute kid”, but that experience helped him find his individual voice that was different from Cool Papa’s. The underground subway symbolizes Clayton’s passage from one phase of life to another. In contrast to the underground’s darkness, Clayton is able to emerge out of it with confidence and acceptance. The journey helped Clayton to be confident with his own self-identity and to accept his Cool Papa’s death.
Rap artists are using incidents like what happened to Michael Brown to speak about in their music. In his song, “Don’t Die”, Killer Mike raps “I woke up this morning to a cop with a gun, who told me that he looking for a ni**a on the run” (Charity, Diaz, Drake). Rappers are using their music to speak out about how minorities are treated, specifically blacks. Rap has also had a positive impact because it shows the extent discrimination really goes to. Rappers have been known to address police brutality (Leah).
This highlights another main idea, that life is a gift and there are always people who have it worse. This same concept returns in the last line of her speech when Rowling finishes with, “I wish you all very good lives”. This statement is directly related to the prior words of the young man. As well as this, Rowling repeated this to her audience in hopes of keeping the cycle going. To Rowling, aiding in others happiness as well as helping those who cannot help themselves is important.
Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I Have a Dream" speech brings forth a powerful message to the general public. His speeches are inspiring and command attention. Many people listen to him and use him as a source of hope to fight against racial issues. He is a symbol to African Americans as Wapshott stated, "Africans found a particularly poignant message in King’s plea for racial tolerance and his declaration that “the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”" His speech put forth the harsh realities African Americans face and wants to fight against them. King realizes that his people are wrongly treated and that they should not be put into separate schools and bathrooms just because of the color of one's skin.
Cole talks about how he wanted his performance on Letterman to be authentic since he wrote “Be Free” from such a “crazy place.” He admits that in preparation for his performance he watched videos and articles about the police brutality against blacks. He had a fear of being inauthentic to his audience as seen when he says “ I don’t know if I can go back to that [crazy] place.” However, “once the song started, [he] got emotional” and that fear is replaced with the “crazy place” sentiment that transcends into his singing. With his eyes tightly shut, J. Cole shouts and groans like the blue’s West explained, the “language of catastrophe.” “Be Free” was J. Cole’s voice in the “language of catastrophe” as a angry, conscious, resistant black man, who is in essence like Michael
Overall, this is why Americans love the captivity genre. But our characters always had hope to come out on top. Like William Samuel Johnson said, “Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be
Sometimes when social injustice and racial issues drench the society, music is one of the best way to demonstrate against these problems. Protest songs played important roles during the Civil Rights Movement giving people hope and outlook for a better tomorrow. Famous ones were Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” or “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. These songs were products of the disconcerting oppression and racism and they still considered to be the most powerful protest songs ever written. Kendrick Lamar managed to follow the footsteps of these musicians and create impressive contemporary protest songs.
The editorial also appeals to the audience’s basic value of life, equality, and justice. In the editorial the police commissioner for the city, states that, “police owned tonight.” This was after a protest in Ferguson, where police where caught using excessive force that was completely unnecessary. This appeals to unlawful justice because it was a peaceful protest that turned bad because of how the police handled the situation and treated the protesters. Other strategies used by the rhetoric are aesthetic. This editorial has a picture of an African American with his hands straight up in their air at the protest in Saint Louis.
In “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King defends the protestors’ thirst for justice by demonstrating the unjust society they live in. Over fifty years after the letter was written, it is still read today. Often times it gives people a sense of identity. However this letter gives me more than an identity. This letter gives me reason and motivation to always fight for a just society.
)So when a black police officer pulled over Coates’s friend and eventually killed him, a history of racism contributed to that event. Coates saw the system and not the individual as responsible. Ta-Nehesi Coates ability to make the reader feel these events and emotions makes a psychological impact on many as it did the author himself. Living through the words of the author and feeling the experience. All these events make the reader question, what kind of country is America that it can make a reasonable person like me live in perpetual fear for my life, and for a better future alongside the thought whether that future can be obtained.
Love transcends all boundaries, all logic, it is all encompassing, magical and mysterious and everlasting. God designed the human heart to express his love through us and that love is eternal with no beginning or end. We are only on the earth for a short period and the love experienced here on earth will always go on; however, vanity and someone’s world record will not. Who can remember who won this game or that game 10 years ago and who was the MVP? Sports and competition are great for teaching life lessons and developing us as individuals working as a team.
Blacks are the number one race that is being killed by police officers; the numbers of the killings are drastically high. Although policemen have very difficult jobs, they were the ones that agreed to take on the responsibility, this comes with sticking to the laws; they must not allow personal beliefs to get in the way of the law. However, many police officers let their personal beliefs (some being of racism) get the best of them, this has become a problem, ACLU stated that, “Although some police officials are still in denial, we have presented strong and compelling evidence, of both an anecdotal and statistical nature, that racial profiling on our nation 's roads and highways is indeed a nationwide problem” (Harris).