Louise Erdrich contrast reservation life with mainstream American life in the 1970’s by discussing the concept of war or warrior. American life in the 1970’s, consisted of the United States drafting many men to fight in the Vietnam War. In reservation life being a warrior is a tradition in the Native American culture, as one, these men embraced the honor of their tribe and proved themselves as men. As warriors, they offer their life to make certain of their people’s survival (ultimate sacrifice). In the Native American community facing demise in clash is a mystic rite of passage.
Throughout the collection, a prominent and reoccurring melancholic theme of racism against Native Americans and their struggle to cope with such behavior from their counterpart in this modern day and age is shown. In the short story, “Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in Woodstock”, Victor talks about his father who fought in the Vietnam War. He describes one day where he and his father discuss war and peace. Victor’s father says, “And besides, why the hell would you want to fight a war for this country? It’s been trying to kill Indians since the very beginning.
Johnson in 1899 as a reply to The White Man’s Burden, Johnson says “Pile on the Black Man’s Burden/His wail with laughter drown/You’ve sealed the Red Man’s problem/And will take up the Brown.” (Johnson 9-12) This excerpt shows readers exactly what the Africans were forced to go through. The people of Africa were taken over and forced to do hard labor with no reward. This part of the poem says that the white men have already dealt with the red man’s problem, which were the American Indians. After receiving word of this, they knew that they weren’t far behind them. By witnessing Lumumba’s speech and moving to the Belgian Congo, Leah sees the pain and suffering that the African people
This is shown by the dialogue of coach Boone saying "if we don't come together, right now, on this hallowed ground, then we too will be destroyed". This is saying that like the confederate army, if they do not accept all races than they will be destroyed and will not achieve anything during the season. This speaks to the boys as the camera zooms to show their faces and that they are determined. They are determined to win, and are realizing that winning is more important than any prejudice they may have. This shows that the run to Gettysburg is a turning point, as they are beginning to overcome adversity.
In the poem it explain “ “If we must die, O let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained”. This is stating that he believes that people African Americans shouldn’t be giving up even matter what and stand up for their rights. Also, Mr.Mckay stood up to try and show that what is happening isn’t right and fair because of how people white and African-Americans fighting . I know this because in the text it states “ Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow! What though before us lies the open grave?
His uncle insists on having a duel between Tom and Luigi for Tom to regain his honor after being kicked and going to court about it. Tom says to his uncle, “Oh, please, don’t ask me to do it, uncle! He is a murderous devil--I never could--I--I’m afraid of him!”(Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson 192). This quote shows that Tom is not an honorable man, that he would rather fight behind the law than man to man. The honor code in the South during this time period consisted of a three part system, “The code of honor for Southern men required having: 1) a reputation for honesty and integrity, 2) a reputation for martial courage and strength, 3) self-sufficiency and ‘mastery’”(McKay, “Honor in the American South” 2012).
Bigger doesn’t believe that black people could unite and fight for the same cause unless they were threatened with death or feeling the same shame and fear than he has grown accustomed to. When Killmonger was brought in front of King T’Challa and other tribal elders/leaders he makes a similar comment about making a stand against white people when he proclaims, “Y’all are sitting up here comfortable. Must feel good. There’s about two billion people around the world who look like us and their lives are a lot harder. Wakanda has the tools to liberate them all…Didn’t life start right here on this continent” (Black Panther, 2018).
He’d show more remorse over a dog”(144). Certainly, this statement made by Wesley of his brother illuminates his true feeling for Native Americans. Undeniably, Frank is an evil human being to consider an “Indian” to be less than a dog. This attitude is attributed by his own father Julian, who encourages this behavior. Not to mention, he regularly praises Frank and constantly makes blunt remarks of Frank and Indian girls.
There is no doubt about the fact that Malcolm X believes in dealing with the dilemma of this racial prejudice in an aggressive manner. While reflecting back at his childhood, it seems that his beliefs and ideas are inspired by Marcus Garvey since his father himself was pro-Garveyism. Hence, most of Malcolm’s views at the moment are also seen to be revolving around the theory of separatism. To those who would listen, he has been preaching the idea of all white men being devils and how the blacks need to unite together to cause a revolt against their oppressors. And it is the fruit of all these ideas
An evil spirit “who whispers to people and to whom they listen because you do not know me well.” Psychologically, Pontiac’s power was put on display as he can reach followers through religious ceremonies, in which Pontiac reintroduced ceremonies to the fading culture. Leadership, he stabilizes control over the people and inspire the Indians to protect their land. Pontiac also reminds them of hunting animals and making clothes of their skin to survive. Not to mention, their fighting skills to combat