Reparations for slavery is an ongoing debate, the idea that descendants of Africans who had been enslaved by the Atlantic Slave Trade should receive a compensatory payment is ridicules to many. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations”, and he argues that the idea of reparations is what is important. Coates begins building his argument with personal facts and reliable sources, overall successfully creating an emotional appeal to his readers. Throughout his article he builds a strong argument arguing that we need to start considering what the nation might owe the African American population after everything that’s been done to them. Throughout his article his attempts to appeal to the readers emotions helps build his argument against reparations.
Critique of Nonfiction Novel The civil rights movement was a revolutionary chapter in American history. Leading the movement was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy has been etched in history. Troy Jackson explores the roots of King’s legacy in Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and The Making of a National Leader. Jackson analyzes how different influences in Montgomery, Alabama shaped Dr. King into the leader of the civil rights movement.
Jerrione Mosley In the book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his son revealing the reality of life, growing up as a black man. Coates mostly focused on how black lives and bodies lacked value in America and could be possibly destroyed or taken away at any time. He also talked about “The Dream”, which is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. The lack of values and importance for the black race is highly in effect.
The title of the document being analyzed is David Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. This document was written as a book but, for the purpose of this lesson, condensed and placed only portions of two of the four original articles written in 1829. Around the time that this Appeal was written, numerous events paved an altered future for the citizens of the United States. In 1827, race riots erupted throughout Cincinnati, Ohio, resulting in over a thousand African Americans to flee to Canada.
Teresa Garcia, 20405211, History 1301-13 Row 5. Lowe, Richard. “Willis August Hodges.” In The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction, edited by Steven E. Woodworth, 213-222. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources Inc., 2000.
Emmett Till Research Paper Equality and civil rights come with a price. A price that has been paid through the centuries due to racism. Black men and women have been dealing with racism for centuries. Emmett Till's case may have been just one of thousands of similar cases, but it was one of the most famous cases of racism seen in the public eye. The circumstances of Emmett Till’s life, murder, and the trial that followed had rallied momentum for the civil rights movement.
I found it interesting how in “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates mentions that, “Racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature...” (Coates 7). He compares it to a tornado or earthquake, saying how many carelessly pretend that it is out of their hands. Specifically, he says, “That was the week you learned that the killers of Michael Brown would go free” (Coates 11).
The topics of racism, privilege, and “the Dream” are all key speaking points in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel Between the World and Me. Coates is writing to his son Samori Coates comparing their lives as African Americans in both Baltimore during the 80’s and his son in modern day America. The main argument of his novel was about the aspects of how being a person of colour in America pushes against “the Dream” that is so common for people living in the nation of the free. I agree with Coates’ argument even though I am not a person of colour, but rather I am on the other side of the equation being white. Coates is constantly using the term “the Dream” throughout the novel, this refers to the American Dream that a majority of people believe in
Paintings in black and white When you see a painting, you are not just looking at the painting. You are looking at life captured at an infinitesimal amount of time. Paintings and photos do not just wholly display an image or a series of images; they are displaying the life and emotions of the painters. While visually you can view a painting just as that, one dimensional. There is an alternate way of perceiving and digesting images.
“Ethical principles [……] are subjective, emotional commitments that cannot be judged right or wrong. Ideas such as justice or moral good are only the expressions of arbitrary personal preferences and are no more rational than a person’s preference for one kind of beer over” – Timothy Sandefur. In the “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, a small village named Salem is caught in the midst of a storm of threats and accusations. The little town was originally riled up by the peculiar [account?] of several girls from the town and a slave dancing together in the woods. In order to save themselves from any punishments, the girls and their main leader, Abigail, begin to accuse people of forcing them to go in the woods by using witchcraft on them.
Analyzing “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates The past is the past, but sometimes the past comes back and bites us on the butt. In Ta-Nehisi Coates’s article, “The Case for Reparations”, Coates describes the wrongful acts done by white supremacists towards African-Americans. Throughout his article, Coates provides strong logos and pathos to his argument. The one issue that he fails to discuss is ethos or credibility towards his argument.
In John Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, he defines political courage as one’s willingness to take action on personal ethics, even though it may trigger public criticism, retaliation, and political death. (Kennedy 7) Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman used her voice to advocate for racial minorities, women, and the poor. Chisholm was a bold woman who wasn’t afraid to raise current social issues that many avoided talking about. On account of her strong sense of justice, she faced numerous obstacles in her years in office for doing what she believed was in the best interest for our country.
Andrade, Heather Russell. “Revising Critical Judgments of ‘The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.’” African American Review, vol. 40, no. 2, 2006, pp. 257–270. Accessed 11 Nov 2016