On April 12, 1963, civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama. He was asked by an affiliate of his organization to partake in a nonviolent program. He was arrested during a non violent protest. Police Commissioner Eugene Connor declared that the reason behind King’s arrest was that he did not at have a permit to protest. While he served his 11 day sentence, King would write the “Letter From Birmingham City Jail” to the eight Birmingham Clergymen.
Jim Fallon, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of California, claims that “very early on, before puberty, you have to be involved in something that is really traumatic” (Fallon). Undeniably, when you are a young kid “seeing violence, or being involved in it, in 3D” (Fallon) it can be very disturbing and horrific. A extremely traumatic event can shape a way a kid thinks and acts. He or she can think that it is okay to do these horrific things to people after seeing other people do them as a child. In addition, the article Probing the Mind of a Killer states that “killing people you don’t know ordinarily requires a rage that can only come from a pivotal event or trauma that transforms one’s personality” (Morgenthau) at a young age.
Hate and violence both tend to spread like a disease. When hatred is introduced to an individual, he/she often cannot see past this burning motive - they yearn for revenge. Hatred and violence become a means of getting what someone wants. Author Samira Ahmed further elaborates on this topic: “In recent times, we’ve seen hate emerge out of the dark corners, torches blazing in the night. We’ve witnessed so-called leaders not merely against the forces of hate, but for equality and justice.
The United States has changed immensely since slave time. Although the prejudice isn’t nearly as extreme as it was during slavery and the Jim Crow era, it is still ongoing. People who were raised with prejudice and racism in their homes are likely to pass the same ideals onto their children. So no matter how far we come as a society, there will always be some level of prejudice that exists. Things are certainly better than they were in the 60s and we have come a long way since then, however we still have work to do.
Violence is easily seen in today's culture through criminal actions in the media. Surprisingly, "on average, American youth view more than 1,000 murders, rapes, and assaults each year" (Rockefeller 2). This shocking fact demonstrates just how prevalent violence is in the young minds of Americans. As a result of these viewings, young adults are sure to have psychological effects. Studies have proven that "children who view media violence are more likely to have increased feelings of hostility, decreased emotional response to the portrayal of violence and injury that lead to violent behavior through imitation" (Tompkins 1).
Today, it is normal for modern technology to show many forms of violence. These acts of violence may influence children and teens to be more aggressive in everyday life. For example, I babysit a pair of twin boys. Their names are Devin and Gavin. Devin and Gavin like to play video games.
Shamar McCollough Mrs. Wurst English 4 period 2 Nov 18 2016 Violent Video Games Causes Treacherous Behavior in Kids Kids these days are now to seem to be taking video games into the matter of their own hands. They are wanting to be like some of the violent characters in those video games. Like shoot a gun or rob someone or something. They just want to have the story of how you grow up as a wanted criminal, which is not tolerated by our country today.
Since media has increased the amount of violence shown, the rate of school shootings and threats have dramatically increased. This was presented in the author's text, but then rebuttled with the quote, “Fear, greed, power-hungry, rage: these are aspects of ourselves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others”, by Melanie Moore, Ph.D. This statement is flawed, because although humans feel these aspects, being exposed to violence enhances the feelings, and also makes one feel like those aspects are
Page 4 of 5 Graded AssignmentResearch Paper Final Draft(200 points)A Closer Look at Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only an important person in getting equal rights to black African-Americans, but also an important person in the beginning of America’s Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr.’s idea of nonviolent, civil-disobedience is still used today by protesters to achieve their goal. The notorious Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 as Michael Luther King Jr., which was later changed to Martin. Martin was the second child of Michael Luther King Sr., who was a pastor, and Alberta Williams King, who was a former school teacher. Martin Jr. grew up in the city’s Sweet
Dr. Martin Luther King JR. On April 4, 1968, an American clergyman and civil rights leader was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The man was Dr. Martin Luther King JR. An examination of primary and secondary sources will reveal the significance of this key event in American history.
There are many studies on media violence and its social effects. Most of the studies have indicated that children who are exposed to media violence are more likely to exhibit violent and aggressive behaviors. As the child observes the violence, he/she is motivated by the fact that the show is enjoyable without realizing the violent behaviors. As a result, they copy and identify the behavior, and this has detrimental effects on their social life. According to Boxer et al., the content of the media has a direct impact on its audiences (420).
Some researches admit that violent games may cause adolescents to become tremendous. Studies showed that video games increase psychological awakening, it could also increase aggressive behavior, emotions and thoughts and finally let teenagers lose the sense of helping others. All these effects will be carried by aggressive young people. It’s true that video games are violent, but aggressive adolescents are more likely to be more attracted to it. Some games reward players for doing violent actions, so this will affect them negatively, letting them think that violence is normal.
The main finding from randomized experiments on this topic is that youths who are often exposed to media violence act and display more physical aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts and aggressive emotions than those children who are not exposed to it. Short-term effects of exposure to media violence are due to three main aspects which are (a) priming processes, (b) excitation processes, and (c) imitation of specific behaviors. Priming is a process in which exposure to one stimulus (the locus representing an external observed stimulus) influences a response to another stimulus representing a cognition, emotion or behavior. This means that the external stimulus can be linked to cognition or to something inherently neutral. Thus, when media violence primes aggressive acts, aggression is more likely.
As a young child begins to mature, the different types of movies he or she may watch will affect how they behave. Violent films, are a prime example of this concept. Studies by George Gerbner, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania, have proven that “children 's TV shows contain about 20 violent acts each hour” which supports the claim that these violent acts can correspond with how a child perceives the world (“Violence on Television” np). Psychological research also have shown that if a infant is exposed to violent movie, they may “...become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, be more fearful of the world around them, and be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward each other”