The book Black Freedom Fighters in Steel by Ruth Needleman and John Singleton’s movie Boyz N The Hood had a lot of themes in common. The two showed stories of racism, discrimination, and success in the African American community. The most prominent theme I found with the two was institutional racism. The way society was forced a lot of African Americans to live in many different ways. Institutional racism affected African American lives in justice systems, school, workplaces, public activities, and more.
George P. Kimbley who faced a lot of racism in the south did not expect to see as much or bigger racism when he moved to the north in the Calumet Region in February 1920. He did not expect a lot of racism from northern people who he …show more content…
Before Young held positions in the Union, he worked in harsh conditions in the mills. When Young was hired in at Inlands, there were very few blacks who worked there. Many of the workers were European immigrants, but the majority were Mexican Americans. The Mexican workers were placed in labor groups with Spanish-speaking supervisors. Needleton states in page 40 that the company preferred Mexican workers because they work hard, did not speak English, and lacked the community support that already had been established for most ethnic groups. This shows some racial institutionalism within the company. The company also preferred workers from Poland because they came from the poorest regions in Europe and were most desperate for work. A worker not being able to speak English and being poor makes it easy for the company to take advantage of the individual and be able to put them in job positions that they want them to have. Young said that a black worker could keep a job at Inland if he learned the equipment and did whatever the foreman asked. Like Kimbley, he kept quiet, did his work and listened carefully. In Inland, the foreman relied on Young to train newer workers for positions he himself could not get. “I was forced to teach people jobs they wouldn’t give to me. I could operate cranes. I had taught three people to do the straightener …show more content…
“...I know every time you turn on the TV that’s what you see, black people, selling the rock, pushing the rock, pushing the rock, yea, I know. But that wasn’t a problem as long as it was here, wasn’t a problem until it was in Iowa and it showed up on Wall Street where there are hardly any black people….” This is an explanation of the TV media showing mostly blacks selling drugs and getting arrested or killed because of drugs. Furious puts the blame with this issue on the whites, who transported them into the United States. “...They want us to kill ourselves. You go out to Beverly Hills, you don’t see that shit. But they want us to kill ourselves. Yea, the best way you can destroy a people, you take away their ability to reproduce themselves. Who is it that dyin’ out here on these streets every night? Y’all. Young brothers like yourselves….” In this part of his speech, he talked about the gun shops and liquor stores that are in every corner of the community. Furious claims that violence would not be as high as it is if it were not for the easy access of alcohol and guns near the communities. It is not that way in the Beverly Hills communities, so why is their community set up like that? Furious tells other blacks to take care of themselves and their futures. Making the right decisions will make them more successful as a community. He wants
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Since the 1930’s, milestones have been reached as to racial equality and equal rights in America, but there are still issues between black and white. Today, racism is an existing part of society. News headlines of “Police Brutality” flash across the television screen from time to time. Racial stereotypes are a common mindset for some people. Back in the 1930’s however, racism and segregation was everywhere.
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Kevin Boyle’s Arc of Justice examines race relations in the crowded and bustling city of Detroit. Focusing on the story of Ossain Sweet, Boyle uses this book to depict the trying experiences of blacks moving into all-white communities in their fight for comparative peace, and the rise of the N.A.A.C.P. At the age of thirteen, Sweet’s parents sent him away from their family farm in Florida so that he could escape the Jim Crow South and build a better life for himself. After working his way through schooling at both Wilberforce University and Howard University Medical School, Sweet moved to Detroit in 1921 where he built a prosperous practice in the city’s largest ghetto, Black Bottom.
The author describes how the behaviors and beliefs of whites in the south had an impact on how the multiple generations of the Bosket males valued their respect and their reputation. The first generation of males began in the 1890’s with Clifton (Pud) Bosket who was alive during the worst time for lynching’s and the Jim Crow era. He had no education and hated the way whites treated blacks. He worked as a sharecropper under a boss that used a whip for punishment. On this day, as the landowner lifted the whip to hit Pud he snatched the whip away from him and said “this is the last nigger you’re gonna whip”.
The article “Life Sentences”, Christopher Shea describes various statements which I strongly agree with and have a strong position towards, such as the difficulties ex-convicts go through in attempting to find a living for themselves after prison and the amount of money America invests in prison. After almost 60 years, it seems as if our world has not progressed or learned anything from the Civil Rights movement, till this day African Americans are treated with no respect and are constantly being put down. Shea portrays in the article the hardships prisoners go through when reentering society in trying to find a job but, especially male African American implying how our world is still racist towards “different skin colors”. By far
Will society ever view African-Americans as people and not as less than? In “Chokehold” Paul Butler will discuss this very idea depth. Butler provides history on why and how society sees African-American men as violent thugs. Butler goes on to explain in detail how the chokehold plays a part in oppressing African-American men and how to avoid the ramifications of the Chokehold, if possible.
By the 1980’s, people in America witnessed a massive drug epidemic. The introduction of crack, also known as cocaine, exploded during this time and became a critical issue for the youth. Drug use, abuse and misuse became the problem of the decade as the war on drugs escalated, increasing in nonblack and black communities. Many people blame rap and hip hop music for this epidemic due to rapper’s songs and music videos were highlighting and encouraging the use of drugs. The movies, Straight Outta Compton and New Jack City both demonstrate and bring awareness to the struggles and the reality of drug wars as well as police brutality and unfairness against the black community.
Brent Staples wrote, “ I was surprised, embarrassed, and dismayed all at once.” (189) When talking about his first victim at age twenty- two. I agree and understand how Staples feels even though I am only a nineteen-year-old average height and solid build boy. I have felt the same way when out in public and I encounter “ the ability to alter public space in ugly ways.”
With the horrific events of World War 2 still fresh on America’s mind, many citizens were working to recover and resolve the issues within America. However, fed up with the continuous discrimination and unjustified treatment, the African-American community ended up organizing and raising more attention to their prejudice to earn their justified freedom and civil rights. Not only did these African Americans manage to end racial segregation, but they also influenced other ethnic groups to take up hands. For instance, take how the Mexican Americans launched the Chicano Movement a few years later. The black civil rights movement influenced the Chicano movement to a considerable degree, which can be noted through both groups’ similar motives, awareness
In Kevin Boyle’s book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” he tells the story through the eyes of a black doctor. This doctor was a proud African American who was a slave’s grandson that pushed his way into owning his own home in a white neighborhood in Detroit. Kevin Boyle centers his book around everything that is stated in the title. Arc of Justice is about African American’s struggles while trying to gain equal rights and justice in general during the 1920’s. The 1920’s was a time filled with a lot of racial tension and injustice to pretty much everyone who wasn’t a white male.
It happens in the city, and it also happens in white-collar neighborhoods. Flores’s story is imperative for Americans to understand that they must be aware of the dangers and must “sharpen your claws against wrong doing, against human suffering.” (Flores,
After all of these drama in the south, a lot of African Americans decided it was time to move on to the North. When they move to the North it did not stop them from the “racial prejudice” however they were free to apply for lower jobs . Because of the shortage in the job market during World War 1 in 1917 the white laborers had to also compete with the blacks. With the competing of employment and housing it brought “racial violence” in East St. Louis . Chicago faced a white race riot in the year of 1919 where Irish and Polish laborers were killing men in black hoods
There are many open wounds in the African-American community that have not healed what so ever. Disintegration of family structures in the African-American community has been a persistent problem for far too long. High out of wedlock birth rates, absent fathers, and the lack of a family support network for many young African-Americans have led to serious problems in America's urban areas. The persistence of serious social problems in inner-city areas has led to a tragic perpetuation of racial prejudice as well. African Americans still face a litany of problems in the 21st century today.
Richard Wrights memoir Black Boy teaches it's readers about how living in the America was set up.most importantly it teaches how badly black people were treated. Wright was mistreated just because he was a young black boy living in the south. In the memoir Black Boy Richard was trying to tell his reader how bad racism was back when he was a kid. Back in the 1900's Wright also used pathos to show how his emotions were toward racism.
The patterns of trust and subsequent betrayal found in the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, serve to teach lessons about what it was like for African Americans in post-slavery America, when the book is set. The Invisible Man trusts easily and naively. Yet, despite working hard, he is betrayed by the institutions and people he looks up to as role models as they exploit his expectations for their own agenda. Overall, there are four strong examples of those taking advantage and hurting the Invisible Man. With each incident, he learns a lesson about how blatantly the black population is disregarded, along with being given an object that represents the underlying racism found in a society.
Destruction, poverty, and violence are just a few examples of discrimination that the Black community had to go through during the 1960-1980’s , and are all similar issues portrayed in the films “Black Power Mixtape” and “Do The Right Thing”. Both films have their own story, but both reflect on the racial injustice Black citizens faced, while also educating viewers on the violence that occurred during that time through riots, and police brutality. Each film comments on African American experiences of racial injustice by telling a story of pride and power, while also demonstrating destruction, brutality, and violence throughout the Black community. The famous film directed by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing”, focuses on racially diverse individuals who live and work in a lower class neighborhood in Brooklyn,