During this time period, racism plagued society and divided a “united” nation. Malcolm X used examples of the grievances placed upon the African American population as a whole, while MLK used more specific examples. For instance, Malcolm X continually mentioned the “22 million Afro-Americans” that are denied their basic human rights. He did this to convey the message that
If it weren't for these prejudice thoughts, many people would be together united as one fighting to better one another. As Brent states in “Black Men and Public Space,” “the hatred he feels for blacks makes itself known to him through a variety of avenues - one being his discomfort with that ‘special brand of paranoid touchiness’ to which he says blacks are prone.” (514). Due to this fear of one another, it has brought much tension among many. This discrimination has been going on for many years and is what makes the United States divided. These many examples provided by Brent proved these exact points and showed the belitting of African Americans within Americas society.
Racism is one of the most important social and national issues that face the word. As resistance literature is decrying oppression, injustice, terrorism and violations of the people rights , it also decries racism .Ralph Ellison is one of the writers of the resistance literature , who is fighting against racism though his writings. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison , represents resistance literature and its important issues which is racism ; through racial polices and the loss of individual identity. The novel starts with the narrator who is college-educated black man struggling to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that refuses to see him as a human being, he introduces himself as an "invisible man" which is the title of the novel . He was invisible not because of any thing medical but because of the people who refuse to see him " I am invisible understand, simply because people refuse to see me "(Ralph Ellison .7)and consider him as something that not existed because of his black color skin and the racial relationship between the white people of America and the black ones.
Next, many gender and sexual stereotypes are perpetuated in media, through the ways of movies. In fact, the movie Legally Blonde fits under the category of stereotypes exceptionally well, since it shows many stereotypes of women in the society. For instance, there is one scene in the movie, where Warner, the handsome boy is playing football with his friends, and Elle, the dumb blonde sits on the sidelines to study and distract the guys playing as she wears nothing but a sparkly bikini top under a furry shawl on her upper half. This example evidently portrays the serotype of being a blonde dumb. Throughout the movie “Legally Blonde” Elle is shown as a material sorority girl, who is a duplicate copy of barbie in real life.
As a young boy, James Baldwin went through a lot of suffering as a black American. He was oppressed by his stepfather and was harassed by New York Police Department in what he said was because of his skin color. In his story Sonny’s Blues, the main character, Sonny, who happens to be the brother of the narrator, also endures suffering as a young man (Byerman & Keith 367). Despite the narrator being an algebra teacher, Sonny is forced to live in a dangerous background of Harlem where he regularly faces violence from his white neighbors. Baldwin’s quote, “All that hatred down there," he continues, "all that hatred and misery and love.
Subsequently, the characters in these literary works must endure harsh and hurtful interpretations of human dignity due to their social climates. As seen in the very beginning of A Lesson Before Dying, racism was still a major issue that frequently weighed in on a black’s life. Sadly, black people were treated negatively during the 1940s and were even still considered no better than animals. Gaines utilizes this metaphor in the story and then weaves the adverse impacts of the statement throughout the rest of the story. During Jefferson 's trial, his defense attorney stated, “What justice would there be to take this life?
Correspondingly, the novel reminds the causes of the war and the circumstance in the Southern part at that time when the racial discrimination was actively happened. Especially the idea of social injustice is distinctly reflected in the behaviours of biased people living in Maycomb society where black people are considered as an inferior presence. In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Harper Lee illustrates the theme of justice through various literary techniques by narrating the events of adult’s world in child’s fair perspective, symbolizing each character to demonstrate the consequences which the society influences a child, and reinforcing the theme of social hierarchy due to racism. Firstly,
There are many social inequalities in the book To Kill a Mockingbird as well as today. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the character Tom is African-American he end up getting charged and taken to court for a reason that is obviously false. The problem is in the book that there is a lot of racism. Because at the time this was the Great Depression. “In our court it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s the white man’s always wins,” (Pg295)
African American author Richard Wright published Native Son, in 1940 to highlight the contrast between racial and economic classes for both whites and blacks to notice. With this in mind, this book paints how disadvantageous, hopeless, and downright hard being African American was during this time. This was by evoking sympathy for the struggles of Bigger Thomas – a 20-year-old living in poverty with his mother, sister, and brother in a single bedroom apartment within the Chicago black belt all while trying to evoke political change so that action could be taken against this. At the same time, Wright uses Bigger Thomas to bring cognizance into the results of racism and white oppression by showing how his life was affected from the start and
In the essay, Just Walk on By, Staples conveys emotional and ethical appeals in order to make people aware of the struggles black men go through due to the stereotypical expectations people have towards them. Staples emphasizes the tension between the white and black race through the usage of ambiguous phrases. Words such as “victim,” “stalking,” and “the ability to alter public space in ugly ways” serve to display how white people perceive the black race in a negative aspect. Through using these words, the author shows how intense interracial encounters are experienced by both parties. These situations project a sense of discomfort along with evoking fear towards the “victim” and dismay in the “suspect.” Staples advocates for these emotions
The Great Wall of Los Angeles places emphasis on the history of Native Americans and minorities groups along with their struggles. A particular piece of the mural that caught my eye was the “Zoot Suit Riot LA. 1943,” where a pair of black boots where over an individual, this image expressed so much about the hierarchy, dominance, and power of White people. Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles 1943 represents some of the struggles Chicanos faced, while trying to represent themselves in a racist discriminatory society. High-waisted,
When Claudia Rankine addresses visibility in Citizen, a main issue of concern is the stigmatization of a black person’s skin. Throughout the book Rankine displays how being black, or a minority, in today’s society equates to being viewed as basal and, or innately criminal. The scenario in which a black man’s role switches from babysitter to delinquent simply because the color of his skin appears menacing to his white counterpart clearly exhibits said jarring claim (15). In addition, the attention brought onto skin color also reveals the hypocrisy in labeling today’s society as “post race” since implied judgments and preconceived notions of minorities still plague social exchanges. As a result, the line separating a genuine misunderstanding
Thorough history we see how racial gender and class issues shape societies. From the black ages to present day race gender and class have been used to discriminate against others. History is riddled with examples of exclusion, hatred, and discrimination of races, most prominently example of race hatred was the after math of the Johnson vs. Jefferies fight where riots and murders of blacks occurred. Every period of history shows a stagnate relationship with trying to increase equality among race, class, and gender except, after the Worlds Fair to World War I America went through the greatest time of discrimination and persecution of different races, genders, and classes which shaped American society into a more spiteful society. Racial equality