Today as an adolescent, America faces a new uphill battle, free speech. Derek Bok and Charles Lawrence both write about free speech and its effect on the community. In “Protecting Freedom of Expression on the Campus”, Derek Bok poses a discussion for the changing rules on a school campus in an effort to combat racist speech. Charles Lawrence’s article, “On Racist Speech” presents a detailed view on the history, effect and how to fix racist speech rather than give away control. In comparison, both articles broach the subject of racist speech, but Bok’s uses weak reasoning and analysis, whereas Lawrence's use of inductive and deductive reasoning, rhetorical appeals and fallacies make his the stronger article.
This can relate to Walt Whitman’s “O’ Me! O’ Life!” In the poem, it says that: “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse” (9). The meaning of this is to say that while the world continues spinning with or without you, you can contribute to society and the world if you so choose to do so. She also believes that once the soul selects its own society then it should shutout society forever. This is visible in her poem where it says “Choose One- / Then- close the Valves of her attention- / Like Stone-” (10-12).
Also, the text quotes, “When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both”(Mandela 736). What this boils down to is the conspicuous point that the oppressor needs help also. There is always a reason for someone to do those horrible things, and the victim and the predator both have problems to be solved. In these cases, Mandela is not directly helping children, but attempting to bottle the suffering at the source, so all can live happy, free, equal lives. The oppressor may have done horrible things, barricaded the progress of his society, but we are all human.
Eduardo Mendieta constructs an adequate response to Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete? in his article, The Prison Contract and Surplus Punishment: On Angela Y. Davis’ Abolitionism. While Mendieta discusses the pioneering abolitionist efforts of Angela Davis, the author begins to analyze Davis’ anti-prison narrative, ultimately agreeing with Davis’ polarizing stance. Due to the fact Mendieta is so quick to begin analyzing Davis’ work, the article’s author inadvertently makes several assumptions about readers of his piece. For instance, Mendieta assumes that readers will automatically be familiar with Angela Davis.
Adam Choquette Period 7 Mr. Coulter Honors English II March 3, 2016 Breaking Man’s Chains In the last chapter of Anthem, Equality reflects, “The best in me had been my sins and my transgressions”(98). He no longer holds the belief that society is simply ‘misguided’ or that they are ‘forgiving’. Instead, Prometheus embraces individuality, rejecting the concept that, “We are all in all and all in one” held by his former society (19). “I am done with this creed of corruption,” Equality declares, no longer willing to slave for his brothers (97). It is this declaration of independence which breaks Equality’s chains allowing him to rejoice in his ‘sins’.
In many ways, Whitehead’s novel is a symbol of resistance. He encourages individuals to resist the attempts of the unjust, who wish to erase the diverse nation that history has worked so hard to build. Today, freedom in American is often taken for granted. Taking a look at the struggles faced by those enslaved, therefore, forces individuals to pay close attention to and learn from America’s frightful history. In doing so, modern generations have the ability to work towards building a better world, laid alternatively, on the foundation of equality and acceptance of all, regardless of sex, gender, and
It teaches lies can be positive and it can decrease people’s anguish. Gaines brings in an important character after the incident that starts the story off. The character Grant Wiggins, the protagonist of the novel is asked to help the accused. He often criticizes and resents a racist society. Wiggins is supposed
Being Free 1st draft Freedom is word used in a lot of contexts, but the official meaning of the word is “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants” (Freedom). Meaning that you have the right to do something, with the focus being on you as an individual. This means no one can tell you what to do, like for example a state. This is an important aspect and part of political theory. Liberty is also used and viewed as the same category of theory, and has the definition “The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s behavior or political views” (Liberty).
Alexie explores how freedom and selfhood are influenced when the individual is part of a minority culture where these ideas have been lost or stolen. Bradbury looks at what freedom and selfhood mean under a dictatorship where thinking for oneself is prohibited. By using sleep in literature, these authors give the characters a platform by which he or she can dream and explore what it means to be free and what it means to have an individual identity that differs from the rest of humanity. American author Henry David Thoreau wrote that “we must reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our
In “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot’s purpose in his poem is to convey a message that intelligence and awareness of the world is becoming more and more scarce. Eliot wrote his poem after reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which has an underlying message of ignorance. Eliot uses this to create his own message of ignorance through imagery and symbolism. His poem is complex and difficult to understand for a reason: he wants his readers to realize that if they do not understand his poem, then they are lacking the knowledge they should already possess.
The book I am reading is Not for sale by David Batstone; a journalist who seemed highly fascinated with human trafficking and slavery. David is co founder and president of Not for sale, furthermore he was a civil rights activist with the plan to inform others how to avoid the global slave trade. One major reason for the writing of this book was due to the fact he was an anti-slavery activist wanting to explain how to be aware of human trafficking. David wanted to write the book knowing abolitionist and others are struggling to end this appalling epidemic which he thought would be strenuous. Batstone believed all people should be free to live which he looked upon as a major reason for the book as a remedy; for the lacerate ones who’ve lost it all David batstone is identical