As a young african american male, I’ve encountered many challenges and obstacles that has been tough to overcome for any male; especially male of color. Novelist Jennifer Gonnerman shared one forth of what African American males go through on a day to day basis, in her article, “Before the Law,” that sheds light on a particular incident about a kid from Bronx named Kalief Browder; who was falsely accused of taking a backpack from a New York resident on the day of Saturday, May 15, 2010. Kalief Browder spent the next two to three years confined in Rikers Island (Correctional Facility), which is a four-hundred-acre island in the EastRiver, between Queens and the Bronx. Kalief Browder was being charged with many charges such as robbery, grand
storyline provided to the viewing audience of the 1989 movie "Field Of Dreams" by Phil Alden Robinson, is quite evident. In superficial terms, it happens to be about a farmer, a man called Ray Kinsella, (who is played by Kevin Costner) who builds a baseball field, and eventually reconnects with the ghost of his father. However, what is the deeper meaning and context of the movie? Ray eventually learns why the voice sends him a message from the cornfields of Iowa, who the originator of the messengers are, and the main goal and purpose for both Ray and the entities. As this film transpires through, it also exemplifies why it is so vital that Ray follows through with these elaborate instructions with steps, which is provided to him by the ghost
The prison system in the U.S. is dysfunctional because of racial inequality and unfair drug laws. The institution of the government deals with dysfunction through the prison system. The manifest functions of the prison is to reduce crime rates. Whether someone goes to prison and then decides not to commit a crime again after they are released or the thought of having to go to prison deters someone all together from committing a crime the prison has done its job. The latent functions of the
As I researched the Kalief Browder story, many I discovered there were several social justice concerns that interconnect and violated basic human rights. The areas of concern consisted of: false imprisonment, housing a sixteen-year-old child with adults, solitary confinement, starvation, socio-economic disparities, failure of our legal system to protect and serve, and denial of proper mental health treatment even after several suicide attempts while in prison. According to MacIntyre (2016), justice is not made up of specific descriptors; the facts can be incongruent at times, but, yet each supplies a significant meaning to the acts of justice (Lebacqz, p. 9). This social injustice film was chosen innocently as a follow-up to a prior documentary
— Last night our nation saw the pains and struggles that Ms. Venida Browder lived with for so many years. Ms. Browder, the mother of Kalief Browder, shared her son with us one last time, as the nation watched “The Kalief Browder Story”. Kalief Browder was arrested in 2010, at the age of 16, as he was headed home in the Bronx. Mr. Browder would be, accused of, and charged with robbery –and given a bail of $3,000.
Many authors convey powerful, civil messages through novels. Walter Dean Myers does that through his novel, Monster. Monster is a story about young sixteen-year-old, Steve Harmon, who is on trial for being an accessory in a murder-robbery. The novel is written in a first person “movie style” that encompasses all of his emotions in a scene by scene setting. Myers brings out a theme of racism through multiple scenes in the novel.
In the black community, there have been many questionable incidents between police officers and black citizens. An officer might approach an African American who broke the law differentially than a White American based on their own discretion. Whereby an officer would hesitate to immediately arrest a white person for breaking the same law, they would handle the arrest of a black person differently. This is problematic: Police discretion impacts the way the society views the criminal justice system by having too much range on enforcing the law.
The film Blackboard Jungle, written and directed by Richard Brooks, depicts the reality of the desegregated all male school, North Manual Trades High School. In this film Richard Dadier receives a job as a teacher and through the film he attempts to bring order and learning in to the classroom. The two main students in this film are Artie West and Gregory Miller. Artie West is white and is portrayed as the antagonist in the film because of his complete disregard of authority. In contrast, Miller is black and is initially defiant but in the end he agrees to Dadier terms.
Defendant’s physical well-being is often ignored as noted in the above case, but their mental well-being is ignored as well. Jail inmates are often traumatized due to the treatment they undergo while incarcerated. Kalief Browder is just one example of an inmate who while awating trial was place in solitary confinement. Browder endured over 700 hundred days in solitary ultimately causing his mental health to severely decline (Gonnerman, 2014). The physical and mental trauma that inmates experience before they even undergo trial or receive plea deals demonstrates how the process of entering the criminal justice system is punishment itself.
Film, media and Hollywood have shaped over the years how society views as the norm. They have dictated the way certain races or minority groups are portrayed. If it weren’t for people speaking out about injustices there would have never been a change in the film and media industry. Over decades African Americans have been oppressed and misrepresented in film. It has not only been African American’s but also women.
Oh yeah, I'm with you on that one. These slave movies are getting out of hand. Do we really need to be reminded we were slaves a million times? I've heard a lot of fellow black people say we need these movies so generations know our past. But then I reply with well this is a part of our history sadly, but this is not the ONLY thing apart of our history nor is it where we started.
This film claims to that there is white privilege in music. The film says that in the history of soul music there is an advantage for the blue eyes singers over the black soul singers. He gives the example, Adele and Sam Smith are both British artist who are well in control of the genders instead of the Jazmine Sullivan . Because there is a myth about today's black artist. The myth is that there is not enough Black artist, that they are not trying hard enough, and they are not writing or making enough soul music.
The American society has oppressed the black culture and society since the first slave was dragged onto American soil. Hollywood first embraced this oppressed image and depicted it on film. Early depictions of blacks on film (commonly played by whites in blackface) fulfilled the white stereotype of black society. As the American culture advanced, the image of blacks created on film was also altered. Blacks experienced a period of "whiteness" on film.