Plessy v Ferguson 1896 June 7, 1892 Homer Plessy boarded a Louisiana train and as a black man chose to sit in the whites-only car. This was not the first time a black person broke the law to try to change it nor would it be the last. It was a particularly memorable incident because the term “separate but equal” came about and there was a negative impact on the lives of black Americans for many decades. Plessy was arrested for violating the Separate Car Act of 1890 and with the help of the Comite` des Citoyens, he hoped to change the world for black citizens in the United States. Unfortunately, John Howard Ferguson, then, later the United States Supreme Court got in Plessy’s way.
Scottsboro Racism Paragraph The Scottsboro trials were a long horrific eighteen-year-long trial about eight black boys in Scottsboro, Alabama. According to Anderson in the video lecture “Scottsboro Boys” a large group of people had gotten on a train to find work when a large fight broke out on the train. The fight was between eight black men and a few white men, the train stopped in Scottsboro when two white women got off the train and accused the eight black men of rape. The eight boys were brought into court and trialed. There were multiple cases of racism in the Scottsboro trials, one included that all the boys were trialed together and in only one day.
On many of Enrique’s attempts, he rides atop trains and forms alliances with potentially dangerous gang members to avoid beatings by other criminals. Despite these friendships, Enrique is still beaten so badly on one trip that it leaves him with permanent physical damage to his face. However, the book also tells of dozens of other migrants who are mutilated or killed in train accidents, raped by coyotes or gangs, or robbed, beaten, and left for dead. In addition to these perils, many migrants drown or die from dehydration or asphyxiation during segments of the trip. Many migrants refer to the train as “El Gusano de Hierro” (The Iron Worm) and “El Tren de la Muerte” (The Train of Death) (Nazario, p. 71).
In today’s day and time young black children are murder in broad day light and the murders are constantly said to be mistakes or the individuals who kill them say they have reason for the killing when they really do not. It is concerning to see how the author set this story back in the 1940’s and yet young African Americans are dying for no reason. After reading this book I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I have been granted in my life because even though I have to compete with hundreds of people all over the world in order to gain access to things at least I don’t have to deal with physical or obvious racial abuse. Being an African American female in the 1940’s had to be horrible, by the age I was five I was able to play with my friends of all races and even made more than two nickels cutting
She shows this through an African American character named Tom Robinson, his representative, Atticus Finch and the happenings of his trial. In the book, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson to convey how racial discrimination is used in the supreme court. Just because of Tom’s complexion, he was put in jail and killed for a crime he did not commit. Lee really conveys the theme of how Tom was heavily discriminated against just due to his skin complexion. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch talks about higher white power.
But, Staples opts to inform all members of society about the pain, and anger caused by the stereotypes that they place on others. On the other hand, Dickerson is addressing the Black males, continuing to live up to the existing stereotypes and she makes it apparent in “Who Shot Johnny?” Dickerson’s anger, fueled by the Johnny getting shot and the traumatic experiences she suffered through during her younger years, push Dickerson over the edge. As Black males or the ones “Who Shot Johnny?” were responsible for her pain, she declares that “he got my 17-year-old sister pregnant … without ever informing her that he was married” (p. 272), “he snatched my widowed mother 's purse” (p. 272); “he made my neighborhood a ghetto” (p. 273). In the light of this, it is no wonder she concludes that these people are “assholes” (p. 273) and verbally flips them the bird.1 In contrast to Dickerson, Staples decides to alter the way he carries himself when in public spaces. He concludes that whistling selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will help to assure his victimizers that he is not a threat because, after all “[v]irtually everybody seems to sense that a mugger wouldn’t be warbling bright, sunny selections” (p. 269) from the composer mentioned above.
Specifically, it gave a voice to mixed race individuals which did not happen before the Renaissance. An example of this is in Jean Toomer’s Becky, when a white woman has two black sons, one is light skinned and one is dark skinned. In the story Toomer describes the sons saying, “They’d beat and cut a man who meant nothing at all in mentioning that they lived along the road. White or colored? No one knew, and least of all themselves” (Toomer, 1939).
In To Kill A Mockingbird Mr.Ewell shows prejudice against a black man named Tom Robinson. Prejudice is frequent in the story and it is used on a innocent man. A poor white girl accuses a black man of raping her, which leads to a trial. The residents of Maycomb think black people don’t matter because of their racial superiority complex which comes from slavery. HARPER LEE Harper Lee wrote this because of prejudice back then when she was little.
Tom Robinson was accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson was put on trial and backed up by Atticus. Tom was black, so he was hopeless because the Jim Crow laws were in play. At then end of the trial the jury found Tom guilty. Tom Robinson was then put into a county trial, and was found not guilty.
When Lee was about 6 years old (1931), the Scottsboro Trials was a highly publicised court case that involved several young African American men. In a small community in Alabama, nine young African American men were arrested as they hopped of a train they had been ‘riding the rails on’. Two white women also followed them out, and accused the men of raping them on the train. Now, this case has many parallels with TKAM, and also represents what society was like in the period that Lee grew up in. In both trials, young black men were accused of raping a young white girl; both were sentenced to jail and/or death (we don’t know what Tom Robinson’s sentence was because he died before he could receive it); and both lots of black men/man were found guilty.
The Scottsboro Boys were nine black boys people blamed in Alabama for assaulting two white ladies on a train in 1931. The cases from this occurrence managed prejudice and the privilege to a reasonable trial. The cases incorporated a lynch swarm before the suspects had been arraigned, every white jurie, surged trials, and problematic crowds. It is refered to as an illustration of a general unnatural birth cycle of equity in the United States legitimate framework. On March 25, 1931, a few individuals were on a cargo train going in the middle of Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee.
Daniel Holtzclaw is an ex-Oklahoma City officer who is convicted of rape along with other several charges after he brutally abused many African American women over the course of six months. Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years in prison for the charges filed against him. Holtzclaw was convicted for 18 of 36 counts which included first-degree rape. Holtzclaw’s adamant lawyers tried to start a new trial by stating that there was not enough evidence but it was a lost cause although they did not want to accept it. There were several of Holtzclaw’s victims who obstinately spoke out about their abuse done by Holtzclaw himself.