On one hand, Hairspray preaches equality. On the other hand, Hairspray preaches stereotypes. Matthew Delmont proposes that “the history of race in America is an issue of attitudes not policies.”. During Hairspray’s time of setting, blacks were starting the civil rights movement living by Jim Crow Laws. Blacks and whites weren’t allowed to share the same amenities.
Protest leaders like Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and John Lennon all had the same goal; to bring attention to the injustice taking place in society. Nico Woodward talks about how protest is good for democracy because it shows the injustices and disagreements in the government (1); consequently, it is crucial to bring disagreements to the forefront of society so that everyone 's thoughts can be heard. Most of the time, minority groups that struggle to have their voices heard because there are outnumbered, and it is important that these groups are heard and not marginalized. People can be unaware of major issues because it is not something that they experience daily; therefore, it is pivotal that oustanding problems are brought front and center. Colin Kaepernick’s protest
After all, for some educated white and black folks, black minstrelsy was seen as a disgrace that reinforced stereotypes to mock and oppress black persons. To abate this, Chappelle placed emphasis on the plot and quality of the all-black Rabbit’s Foot Company. A 1904 ad in The Afro American Ledger states that the Rabbit’s Foot Company was “the only genuine Negro company that really has a plot, and owned and managed and controlled by Negroes.” Additionally, this ad regards the “genuine dialects” of the performers. Almost necessarily, Chappelle desired to undermine the racist establishment of the minstrel show by repurposing it as a wholly black endeavor from an authentic perspective. As a result, Chappelle assured during the 1904 season that his show was not “a plotless ramble, made up if threadbare jokes, songs and imperfect imitations of what has been aired to dryness by some other company.” As this comment signifies, the performances of the Rabbit’s Foot Company were not the minstrelsy of discrimination but evolved into black vaudeville of entertaining value and substance.
From this letter you can see Tourgees clear use of the word “another” meaning that other Republican men were targeted and killed by the KKK all because they fought to have the South follow the same rules as the North. It was as though the KKK felt personally battered so they enjoyed doing to same to men that caused such emotions. Politics within the white community was not the only issue. As mentioned before African Americans did not get the political freedom that was actually granted to them not only because of their race and low standing but they were “ ‘unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction’ “ (Document D). The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South.
power” (Carter 28). Walter thus turns his back on White racist tradition boldly standing up to them. He has his traditions, race, pride and family behind him to carry on the struggle. The language used in The Drinking Gourd, a play set in the antebellum south also makes an interesting study. The play is set at a time when the African Americans were not allowed to read and write.
It isn’t his fault that he is black, but his education shouldn’t be held back from him because of the color of his skin. In To Kill A Mockingbird, it talks about how racial issues affect who you are accepted by. In the book it talks about mixed race kids. It states“‘They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white; white folks won’t have ’em
If Atticus had lashed out at Mr. Ewell, the community between that town and those two groups of people would have been even more disturbed than before. When Atticus lost the trial, “Atticus was standing under the streetlight looking as though nothing had happened” (284). Atticus didn’t act out in front of the trial audience and didn’t start saying rash things about the trial and how it was wrong. Even though he knew the outcome was wrong, he didn’t attempt to make the situation worse. If something doesn’t go a certain way that is ideal in society, their initial thought is usually to argue about it.
Fricker says that another way a person can have testimonial justice is by becoming familiar with common prejudices. She argues that biases carry less weight when a person is more used to being around them. For example, if a person grows up in a racially diverse neighborhood, like the Bronx, then he or she will be less likely to uphold prejudices against those of a different race. This argument is well-founded because most times people are scared of the unknown. Yet, if a person is familiar with people of a different race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, they might be less demeaning or discriminatory towards them.
Jim Crow was a set of laws to enforce the superiority of whites to blacks. The Jim Crow laws were needed because people thought that blacks are of a lesser human. A few examples of these laws include illegal marriage of blacks and whites, bathrooms, and drinking fountains. A white person had been always superior. Some punishments for blacks not following the laws include lynching, torture, and death (Pilgrim).
(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.