Measures through legislation were made in order to keep the pure white race. For example, there were race teachings in school, enacted abortion law, a more restrictive immigration law that specifically blocked out the Jews, Roma, and other races who may cause “race-mixing” with white swedes. The government bill of 1927, which offered a more restrictive immigration law, said, “The value of the population of the country is of a rare, uniform, unmixed race cannot be over appreciated. Therefore, it is of importance to control immigration of people who are not to our advantage, prevented from merging with our population.” (free translated) (Hübinette). Last but not least, in 1935 the forced sterilization law was introduced.
1. From Jason Johansen 's Notes on Chicano Cinema, scholars of Chicana/o cinema used to identify the criteria of Chicana/o cinema as "films BY Chicanos, films FOR Chicanos, and films ABOUT Chicanos" (Johansen 303). The Salt of the Earth film (1954) attempts to expand this definition because it achieves more than being for and about Chicanos, it can also be for other minorities fighting injustices and inequalities similar to Chicanos. The film is still for Chicanos because it illustrates an actual account of Mexican American mining workers in Zinc Town of New Mexico during World War II, where the union workers won due to their unity, inspiring others to stand with each other in the Chicano movement. The movie also challenges the criteria because it is a film directed by a non-Chicano, Herbert Biberman, but that inadequacy was compensated since most of the actors were local Mexican-American union associates who had experience and direct involvement in the historical fight for their rights.
The first scene that really called my attention is the one in which a white man appears with his BMW and prejudices Jamal and black people in general. The man thinks that Jamal do not know about that brand of car, but Jamal actually know something interesting about the history of it. This particular scene shows one of the stereotypes that people in the United States and in almost all over the world have about people of colour. It seems that some people do not expect blacks or young blacks to be sophisticated. I do not think I can judge and in the same way I do not think people can generalize.
Fitzgerald relates the story to thoughts and feelings at the time as well in how he explains that Nick witnesses a car full of African Americans with a white chauffeur meaning that anything could happen in New York. This is significant to the time period because in the 1920s African Americans were still seen as lower class. Fitzgerald vividly uses specific places or things to relate them to the story, such as the green light at the end of the docks, or the billboard watching over The Valley of
Unfortunately even after the act was passed and Martin Luther King won the noble peace prize for the ban of segregation, people needed time to absorb the change especially in the southern states. While both movies share a lot in common, a lot of differences exist. Like “Lincoln”, Salma is about the procedures of political maneuvering that allowed the resulting deal. However in “Salma”, Negros play a more important role in getting their rights and the media has a bigger influence, as for Lincoln, it’s the white people who lead all the action. The movie “Lincoln” starts with 2 black union soldiers who share their exploits with the president.
“It had been filmed and seen around the world – most notably in the same Southern Cali hoods that didn't need a translator to rally behind N.W.A'S "F**k Tha Police" – yet once again, white authority was given a pass for racially motivated violence. The people took to the streets and began to destroy everything within reach” https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/la-1992-how-race-riots-have-shaped-america-w479333. Unlike other articles, This Rolling Stone article seemed to be justifying the LA Riots. In the article they implied that white cops have been let free in situation like this one. The article even says that the Rodney King incident has given a pass for the riots essentially .
Maria Ahmed 7th Period The movie Selma details Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight in the 1960s. More specifically the movie depicts the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. The blacks already the voting rights but because of laws like Jim Crowe segregation laws they were denied when registering to vote. The movie shows also what paved the way to the Civil Rights Act. Selma is very historically accurate in its portrayal of the people involved in the movement, the events shown in the movie, and even the small details of what happened during the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Selma proves its historical accuracy in its portrayal of the people involved in the movement.
The civil rights and additionally racial issues are still important topics for the 21th century in the United States, so I chose three films representing these topics- Selma, Malcolm X and Mississippi Burning. I have seen more films covering racial issues such as The Help, No way out or In the Heat of the Nigh, which significantly illustrated the racism and its effect on people. However, the mentioned first three films are also connected together through real historical figures and events, and this became for me a key fact for selection of these films I would like to write about. The reason was that I wanted to focus on stories of people who were directly participating in civil rights movement or they were somehow affected by the situation in the US during that time. Selma and mainly Malcolm X narrate about two main figures of civil rights movement- Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm Little, who called himself as Malcolm X or also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.
Skrentny's book, The Minority Rights Revolution (2002), provides a historical and critical analysis of civil rights laws and policy in the United States from the 1960s. Focusing on ethnic groups that benefited from the rights protection secured by African-Americans with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he argues that the extension of those rights to those groups were supported by politicians because of the political power those groups held. Skrentny's position toward Latinos is quite critical because “[he does not] understand how [Hispanics] won new policies so easily despite weak mobilization” (vi). In the chapter, “Learn, Amigo, Learn! : Bilingual Education and Language Rights in the Schools”, Skrentny provides a critical analysis of bilingual education policy
The Declaration of Independence says that “all men are … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” When it was stated “all men,” this did not include all races, nationalities, and religions. In 1885 the Statue of Liberty was given to America as a symbol of friendship from France, to celebrate 100 years of America being a country. The Statue soon became a symbol of American life and freedom of oppression as immigrants began to travel to America through New York Harbor. When immigrants sailed through the harbor, the Statue would be the first American structure they would see. The Statue also carries with her