Some of the two most distinguished pieces of work about racism and inequality include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech and Atticus Finch’s ending argument in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. King’s speech addresses the issue of racism and what he and many others believe should change in the future. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus’s ending argument focuses on the hardships and the inequality of the different races and the corrupt justice given with them. King and Atticus’s ideals and beliefs can be justified in both of their speeches as they both talk about how things are wrong, how they’ve been this way for such long time, and how things need to change. Atticus and King came from very different backgrounds.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s transformation as a woman of color is explored throughout the novel. Janie’s husbands are shown for what they are along with other characters such as Janie’s grandmother and Mrs. Turner. Still, race is a big topic in Hurston’s novel in several scenes, including when Janie recognizes she is different than her white peers as a child, when Nanny implies that she was raped by her White male slave master, when Janie is let off the hook for killing her last husband in self-defense, when several characters admit that they prefer lighter skinned Black women, and finally, with Jody being the first Black mayor of a Black town. Wright and Hurston both do a great job of keeping readers entertained and informed about the way people act, and how structural problems like racism and sexism are at
Not only was this speech the most remembered speech of the day, it was also the most influential. He says: “In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” (“I Have a Dream”). This quote is significant because he is stating that he does not want violence. Many African Americans wanted to rebel against slaveholders and use force to earn their freedom, but Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to work things out
The goal in going to prison is making the unfair laws public and calling more attention to them. Thoreau speaks out on how important it is to protest these unfair laws and how breaking them is a form of protest. In Letter From a Birmingham Prison, King writes about how he was arrested for peaceful protest. He was protesting the unfair laws and treatment against African Americans. During this time period segregation
Ferguson, Scott vs. Sanford, and Plessy vs. Ferguson guarantee that the black community will fight for their rights when the time comes. Many of these cases started off as small tests of the law like sitting in the wrong racial compartment or just straight up starting a court case to fight for equality. Along with leading to the civil rights movement some of the cases were also the most notorious. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr was born into United States when blacks were treated with vast injustice and had no opportunities and rights for life. King, being a black himself, wanted to have them viewed as human also. He was intent to stop this inhumane treatment due to the famous speech he gave, I Have A Dream. He believed in harmony between the two races and that one day “the sons of former slaves and the sons
Although Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X seem to have mutual respect and an equal understanding of the inequality, their philosophies were quite different from each other. The men had contrasting ideas when it came to fighting for racial equality. Martin Luther King’s philosophies made more sense than Malcolm X’s philosophies, because King believed in working together and nonviolence protests to change the minds of the white society. Where Malcolm X believed in working separately to gain independence for the black communities, so
Fannie Lou Hamer wanted equal voting rights for African Americans because she believed they should have the same rights as whites. James Baldwin lived through the hardships and hatred in this time and wanted his nephew to be strong and aware of how he could push through. Each of these people were selfless in the manner and longed for change in the society as a whole. The texts of these people are closely related, not in content, but the meaning behind them. The Civil Rights Movement came into action because of injustice and unfair treatment.
Martin Luther King Jr had the best approach on Civil Rights for the African Americans “ Non Violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community has constantly refused to negotiate…” Martin Luther King Jr wanted to establish peace between the whites and the African Americans, but some people disagreed and wanted to take a different approach thinking that it would work better than non-violence.. In the NAACP document it states “ … If the methods have any single common denominator, it is that the have always been non-violent. Today non-violence is stridently challenged on the premise that Negroes must defend themselves when attacked. “ If the approach of non-violence has worked for six decades
To Fight or Not to Fight, That is the Question “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” it is the anthem of all African Americans yearning for the same rights as white citizens. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist wrote those powerful words as he sat he jail, imprisoned for participating in a nonviolent demonstration against segregation. There were numerous people fighting for equality however, they had differing ideas on how to best approach the problem. King, asserted his belief of peacefully protesting. Being a minister, he did not condone violence and felt the African American dream of equality was achievable through nonviolent efforts.
Black Lives do Matter Unless you live under a rock, you have atleast heard of black lives matter and understand what this movement mean as a whole. In case you don 't know or understand, Black Lives Matter is a Civil Rights movement against police brutality, wrongful killing of blacks , and being subjective to racism and white supremacist on a daily basis. Some people believe that this movement is racist ,Anti-American, and not a civil rights movement , they believe this just a bunch of thugs that are anti-police ,anti-American and that we are just “pulling the race card” to get what we want in America and to get head in life.Some people also try to change Black Lives Matter to “All Lives Matter” because they do not fully understand the meaning
He also believed that slavery was morally wrong, for blacks and for whites, but didn’t want it to be abolished in his life time. This is where Jefferson’s hypocritical features peak through. Jefferson believed whole heartedly that blacks were an inferior race that did not have the intellectual capacity to live as equals along side white men. He believed that blacks succumbed too easily to their physical desires, and had no self control. While he believed that Native Americans had the mental capacity to become equal to whites, they just had to conform to white man ways and they could live peacefully and become one race through interracial marriages.
But what did King believe? Well, you consider, he was a Baptist preacher, he loved Mohandas Gandhi’s ideas of peace, and he believed in a free nation. But who was he, really? What did he believe about God? How did being peaceful help him in a time of fighting?
By ANY Means Necessary The civil rights movement was a moment which peaked in the 1960’s that was pushing to secure African Americans their rights of equality in the United States. Some of the main problems of the civil rights movement were poverty, racism, and integration. Two men, since their deaths in the 1960’s have not been forgotten or replaced: Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Both men were profitable speakers and ministers and victims of assassination in their efforts to resolve racial inequality. All though they shared a common goal, the two represented two different philosophies.
The Southern region had promoted segregation and unequal treatment to those of who that were of “color”. The article states some of the accomplishments of this movement had come with such success of the efforts of numerous equal rights activists. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X are few individuals who are identified in the article as some of the most influential leaders during the era and who had impacted the nations history. These leaders would risk, and sometimes lose, their lives in the fight for equality. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mini Biography [Video file].