Racism in America still perseveres after the Civil Rights movement, shown by the unremitting discrimination of black men and women. A myriad number of accounts about racism and oppression plague America’s archive.
Nevertheless, we weren’t just dealing with the risk of communism, but also with the introduction of The Civil Rights Movement. With this movement came a great amount of tension throughout American society. African Americans were fighting for equality, causing conflict between whites and blacks and ultimately led to segregation throughout the U.S. In Ralph Ellison and Flannery O’Connor’s work, we get to have a better understanding of what it was like in this era. The facts are known, but with these pieces of literature we get insight into how people were treated and what they experienced through the characters own eyes.
with protest, organizing, and together (unity) will bring about social change and justice. The two (2) speeches of Malcolm X and Savio were delivered to different types of audiences and both speeches dissimilar in pretexts and meaning. Malcolm X articulated how essential it was for African Americans to demand a resolve for the racial and discriminatory laws and social injustices in America. Government and its operatives were malevolence in its intent and obligations: they must exit to uphold racism and unfair practices. The political system has taken advantage of the electoral process of African Americans, and it was time that blacks demand alterations and results from the democratic process, especially the Democratic Political Party.
As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
More than that, African – American literature presented the African - American experience from an African - American point of view. In the early republic, African – American literature represented a way for free blacks to negotiate their new identity in an individualized republic. They often tried to exercise their political and social autonomy in the face of resistance from the White public .Thus, an early theme of African - American literature was, like other American writings, what it meant to be a citizen in post –Revolutionary
People consider him as one of the greatest political and spiritual leaders who struggled for black people and Muslims. Also, he had contributed to the spread of Islam in the society of the black people in United States. After his trace, radical black activists in the late 1960s, they had followed the movements on his teachings and speeches. For instance, the Black Power movement, the Black Arts Movement, and the widespread adoption of the slogan “Black is beautiful” are all rooted to the consciousness of Malcolm X. Like his revolutionary ideas, it had challenged civil right activists to overcome the oppressions in all
Abstract: I Have a Dream is public speech made by Martin Luther King in Lincoln Memorial, 1963. It mainly talked about the equality problem of African American. Since Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were waiting for the day when they were really free. However, even a hundred years later, the black people were still discriminated and their life still the same. I Have a Dream was written in such condition to fight for their own rights.
It has surged throughout the country in a similar way to how Black Power did in the fifties and sixties. One thing that sets the two apart is what they represent. Although they both want equality for the African American race, Black Power called for the renewance of African culture. On the other hand Black Lives Matter calls for self unity and determination the same way Black Power did. The Guardian states “In almost every area of society, black Americans remain disadvantaged.”.
The people of America have been grappling with the problem of racism since the colonial times. With the development of the Civil Rights Movement, many leaders and figureheads have taken upon themselves the idea of unifying the black race and helping them gain equality in their own personal ways. Recently, the country is witnessing the rise of Malcolm X while as he works with a rather aggressive approach to get the black community their well-deserved rights. In ‘Not just an American problem, but a world problem’, a recently given speech by Malcolm X, he has openly accused the colored communities of manipulating the media with their tactics of ‘image making’ and hence, playing a very significant role in undermining the position of the black race. There is no doubt about the fact that Malcolm X believes in dealing with the dilemma of this racial prejudice in an aggressive manner.
Both of these texts suggest how black people should overcome racism and stand up fight against the oppressive government in radically different ways. Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter called for peaceful disobedience, and Malcom X’s autobiography demonstrations Malcom X’s shifting strategy from violence in his early life