IS THE GUN THE NEW NOOSE? Introduction Charles Martin, William Steen, Mack Segars, Lacquan McDonald, Oscar Grant, and Corey Jones are all black, and all have either been killed by the noose of a lynch mob or the gun of a police officer. They are just six of the thousands of black men killed by the hands of a white man. Some have concluded that history is just repeating self when in actuality, history has never stopped. The black community is still trying combat oppression.
Jefferson, an innocent young black man, ends up being sentenced to death by electrocution, due to being in the same location when a white man is killed during a shooting. During the trial, Jefferson was looking down and avoided everyone’s gaze when they visited him in jail. This showed how Jefferson was still processing his death was set, due to the racism in the justice system. In our second book club discussion, we agreed that the passage where Grant said, “I don’t know when I’m going to die Jefferson. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe today.
Dean tells Chris his father was an Olympic runner, who one day lost a race to a young African American man named Jesse Owens and he almost got over it. Chris notices Rose’s family has two African Americans working for them. This is where Chris starts to become suspicious of the family because both of the servants act odd and are African
The historical fiction novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, features a falsely accused black man on death row in a small Cajun community during the late 1440s. Grant Wiggins, a college educated teacher of the black community, visits Jefferson in prison, an African American convicted of murder. During his trial, he was given a death sentence while referred as a hog. With the love of his godmother, Miss Emma, who sends Grant to teach him in proving himself a man, Jefferson receives the opportunity of representing his community as he dies. Tante Lou, a close friend of Miss Emma and Grant’s aunt, provides the assurance that Grant would prove Jefferson worthy a human.
Following the death of Fredrick’s, slave owner, Captain Anthony, Douglass was sold to the ownership of Anthony’s son-in-law. Douglass was later hired out to a professional slave breaker, a man who would beat and mistreat slaves until they gave up and did whatever they were told. Weeks later, Douglass began to fight back, consequently the beatings stopped. He then became under the ownership of the Auld’s. The Auld’s took Douglass back home with them to Baltimore, where he began to work on the shipyards.
The case of Leo M Frank (Frank) was one that was highly publicized and caught the attention of many government officials. Frank was a twenty-nine year old Jewish man, who was also the superintendent at National Pencil Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Frank was a man that was murdered two years later after being wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and murdering a young girl by the name of Mary Phagan (Mary). Mary also worked that the pencil factory. It is said that Frank was the last person to see Mary alive.
Atticus Finch-A white folk, father of Jem and Scout, raising two children on his own due to the loss of their mother is known to his family and the town of Maycomb County, an inheritably racist county as a niger-lover is taking the role of being Tom Robinson- a black male being accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a nineteen year old white female. She states-Tom Robinson broke into her house and took utmost advantage of her; raped her. This leads to a trial in which Atticus acts as Tom’s lawyer and defends his client from what he has been accused of; rape. Atticus becomes very assiduous in order to prove his client innocent, despite the fact that Atticus is told no black human has proven right over a white human. Throughout the novel, Atticus exudes traits of wisdom, equality, and loyalty reveals the moral theme-respect develops loyalty which makes him a true hero and memorable character in the story as well as a memorable one.
All across America, an epidemic of law enforcement perverting their power over the people has broken out. Statistics show that, every eight hours, someone’s life is taken away by the very people who are supposed to protect it. An African-American man is about twice as likely to be executed by an officer as a Caucasian man, whether they pose a threat or not. Jess Colarossi from ThinkProgress.org reported that, “several Delaware police officers wound up fatally shooting the wheelchair-bound man.” This man, Jeremy McDole, was adjusting himself in the chair, with no weapon on him, and nevertheless the police found it compulsory to shoot a man incapable of even dressing himself in the morning. The thought processes that went through the minds of these officers is inconceivable.
A Lesson Before Dying is a book written by Ernest J. Gaines, published in 1993. The book is placed in a small Cajun community in the United States. The story is revolving around two black men, one Jefferson who was sentenced to death for a liquor robbery he had no part in. The other man, Grant Wiggins, who is a teacher trying to help Jefferson become a man before he is sentenced to death. An example of a literary criticism for “A Lesson Before Dying: according to Auger, is that “Grant’s situation is somewhat similar to Jefferson’s in that both he and Jefferson are undergoing a profound change in their own self-perceptions...He [Grant] also finds his own freedom extremely limited, if it indeed exists at all, and he sees the future of his students to be lacking in any promise of advancement.” It is evident that Auger is correct that Jefferson and grant have a similar change within their view in themselves and society, and the perception that Grant is restricted in his freedoms.
I intro A.The New York black man(Eric Garner) got chock hold to death buy a NYPD police officer. B.Dr. King declared, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed” (Smith, 2009). II body A.In some of the police department they still classifying people by there skin color 、 B.The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson 28, a white Ferguson police officer.
In 1919, Walter White was finally discovered to be black and had to go on the run for a while. He then used his experience from all of his "forty-two lynching",(Watson 3), investigations to write books on this subject. One book, for example, is called The Fire and the Flint. This book is about a doctor returning to the south only to be lynched.
He wound up being a second lieutenant. Jackie went to his court-martial for not moving to the back of the bus. He was on trial because a few officers were working a vengeance against a uppity black man. Several months later, Robinson received an honorable discharge from the army. In 1945, Jackie Robinson played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League.
John Gotti, Jr was appointed as acting boss for the Gambino family but he was arrested and plead guilty. For his crimes, the served six years. My moment... Gotti 's story I remember that day as it was shocking and surprisingly, upsetting to not only myself but to many and especially the Mafia. You see, somehow, he appealed to the public. In many ways, John Joseph Gotti, was a hero.