This is shown by the countless arguments against slavery he delivers during his speech. Feredick states that his main point of his speech is how America is being untrue to their founding principles, by treating blacks like they are not real humans. Douglass concludes with an optimistic note saying eventually anti-slavery will triumph over pro-slavery. This helps further deepen his point that blacks deserve freedom because they are humans just like
King and Malcolm X had both wanted a better life for their race, however, what divided their efforts towards a common goal was their way to get there. Dr. King promoted a world with integration, a place where all races coexisted peacefully and treated each other amicably. MLK was very surprisingly realistic about segregation, claiming African Americans had “come a long, long way” but had “a long, long way to go” towards integration. He was of the opinion that through hard work and persistence, one day blacks and whites would regard each others as equals. His fairly idealistic world directly counteracted Malcolm X’s clause of segregation in his policy of Black Nationalism.
James Anderson’s The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 discusses the creation and black devotion to education. Anderson argues that contrary to popular belief, blacks laid the foundation for their education, and even though others sought to control the system, blacks still fought for their own education the way they saw fit. He also argues that there has been pivotal relationship between education and oppressed groups—American education has always funded education for all (Anderson, 1988, p.5). I believe Anderson argues this through opposition, emancipation, and fighting low standards. Anderson begins the monograph with discussion of the postwar South and how they were hostile to the idea of black schooling.
King’s speech was effectively because of how he formatted his speech. His speech can be divided into two parts, his call to action of the situation african Americans were living in. How some Americans are blinded to stitution “ refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt”. ( Luther) That there is no better time than now to improve this racial
In “Learning to Read”, Malcolm X uses rhetorical analysis to argue how African Americans continued to struggle in gaining education due to racism. He informs people that through our history books, there have been modifications that restrain the truth about the struggles black people faced. Malcolm X encouraged his audience to strive to get the rights that they deserved. He demonstrates that knowledge is very important because the truth empowers us. In his interview he persuades his audience with diction, tone, pathos, ethos, and appeal to emotion to make his point.
For example, when he states, “It is true, the brave deeds of our fathers have failed us,” he backs it up with, “our duty is not to cavil over past grievances.” Also, he expresses the idea that although people are saying they shouldn’t, they should fight for the Union anyway, which is another reason they might be against enlisting. Alfred M. Green’s speech encourages African Americans to prepare to enlist because of the many different methods he uses. He uses themes in his speech, patriotism and religion, to appeal to their emotions because he knew that African Americans wanted to be treated as American citizens and most of them were Christians. He also uses his word choice to sway them to enlist. For example, he uses “us” throughout the speech which makes it seem like they were all one and that they should unite and fight
It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top. Now should we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities (Washington, pg 2, The Atlanta Exposition speech).” By saying this Washington means that in order for the African American race to succeed as free civilians they have to learn how to appreciate their background and use that to an advantage to succeed in the society. He states, “The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremist folly. (Washington, pg 3, The Atlanta Exposition speech).” He also suggest for African Americans to take advantage of the number of opportunities presented to them in order to succeed in life. He highlights his message to his audience by exampling a ship lost a see and whose sailors were dying of thirst.
Yes, people who continue to discriminate others do cause a negative affect on others, but the idea of people having worth based on their heritage has been a big part of American government from day one. With working towards a social studies endorsement, I want to teach my future classes about all the kinds of racism that happened. Not just focus on people of African decent. I want them to achieve a well rounded education and for them to know enough to make their own decisions. Instead of lecturing them about how people who were considered colored felt, have real discussions and allow them to talk about their
As you grow up in the American Education system you are taught the basics of American History, the triumphs of how we won our country from those damn brits to how we helped drastically in World War II. You’ll then transition into learning about the flaws within American history, however in reality, those flaws is the true American history. Those flaws would include the oppression, murder and marginalizing of any person of color; unfortunately their reality is much different than to that of White America. In “Working’ on the Chain Gang” by Walter Mosley he discusses how the history of blacks in America is the true American experience or the actual American History, because their reality hasn’t changed since the day european colonizers brought
Education is an important tool that empowers people through knowledge and allowing the people to become more conscious of the world. Frederick Douglass, an American slave who bettered himself through education. Getting his first lesson from Mrs. Auld, who taught Douglass basic literary skills, then relying on white children in order to learn how to write. Through his struggles, Master Auld forbade Mrs. Auld to continue to teach Douglass how to read, claiming “If you taught that n- (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.” (Douglass 41.)