It made me realize that the extent of my racial consciousness comes in responding to major horrible events that capture major attention (Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, ect.). I was mostly ignorant of the way that a life spent dealing with racial prejudice can damage someone and even cause basic aspects of everyday life to be painful. I found it especially impactful reading this book during the time period that I did, with Donald Trump’s successful campaign for the presidency and the ongoing controversy regarding police shootings acting as daily reminders that the virus of racism is still alive, well, and not even that hidden in American society. The most meaningful thing about this book to me was how you were able to link seemingly minor incidents of everyday racism to the historical treatment of people of
The piece of writing which I felt was unsuccessful for me was the Rhetorical Analysis of an article relating to a topic from our course book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. This piece of writing was difficult for me to organize my ideas around. The article that I decided to use for my rhetorical analysis highlighted mass incarceration among African American and the effect of civil liberties being are taken away from these individuals. I had a lot of repetition because many of the examples I used demonstrated more than one type of appeal. I found myself repeating what the purpose of the example was and how it demonstrated proper use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
Racial inequality has been an issue for The United States for decades. Claudia Rankine makes you realize that racism happens in America, and is not an issue to take lightly. Racism as a social invention in and of itself became a breeding ground for many of the social injustices of today, such as, ethnic profiling, police brutality, sexism, and inequality. Claudia Rankine uses different approaches from her books Citizen, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely to state the struggles against racial disparity, and discrimination. Rankine suggests the end of history is now a waste, our ancestors fought for racial equality, yet we face similar issues today.
To answer the essay question I would say I agree with Abraham Lincoln’s comment upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe during the American Civil War that she was “the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war?”. The book in my opinion helped create great social change. In the book it allows us as readers to imagine horrible visions of all the struggles slaves endured other than just the beatings, it is very hard to not feel bad for the slaves. I feel the book was successful mostly because it made she made an emotional impact and put faces to the slave in the readers mind. Using the character of George Harris, Stowe gives actual views of slave she also brought to view the inhuman break down of families of the whole business of slavery.
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird has caused a copious amount of controversy over its relevance in today’s society. This marvelous tale is relevant to today’s society. According to the critic Jill May’s article, In defense of To Kill A Mockingbird, it is relevant because Harper Lee herself grew up with the attitudes depicted and the book survived the first period of regional criticism. Quotes from the book’s narrator and lead character, Scout Finch, show us that she, Scout, matures throughout the novel. One reason why To Kill A Mockingbird is relevant is because Harper Lee grew up with the attitudes depicted.
In the book I think the element of racial discrimination against blacks is controversial today. Harper Lee describes a common theme in the book, being that whites are superior to blacks no matter what. In our world today, the African American race is still held to this degree but some feel otherwise. Some people in the world feel that whites and blacks are treated equally and the issue of racism does not exist anymore; others feel it is very much alive today in our word and we are still taking steps to overcome it. I found this element of the book very insightful because it allowed me to see a different view of racism and how it could still be going on today.
It is the common flaw of Huck’s companions, role models, and even of him to condone slavery. Many people attempt to civilize Huck by teaching social rules and stable beliefs, but nothing is more uncivilized than the act of owning and dehumanizing another human being. It is the shameless and institutionalized hypocrisy that shapes the moral critique of this novel. Racism in America is an ongoing struggle that has manifested itself differently throughout each generation, and although the existence of racism is no longer legislative, oppression of African Americans remains a relevant issue, and thus The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’s analysis of racism remains relevant as well. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been read by everyone from the casual reader to the impassioned intellectual over the last 130 years.
They want to reduce the violence that is done to blacks from racists. Movements like this is what america needs to promote and have a better future. The black lives matter movement has improved the overall violence wrongfully admitted to blacks (Engler, 2016). This could be due to the fact that the movement has brought out so much attention that racists are now trying to hide the fact that they are racist. A recent assignment that was assigned in my American Law class was to write what races or things you are prejudice towards, and when the papers were read almost everyone said they didn’t have prejudice views towards a certain race.
Living during the civil rights movement imprinted them with a convincing memory that affects the way they think today. My father and his wife “remember things similarly to one another (and differently from other generations) on the basis of their shared generational standpoints and experiences of world events” (Brekhus 2015:150). Their definition of racism is restrictive and perpetuates racial inequality in modern American society. If there are multiple definitions of racism, conversation between the angry blue-collared whites and marginalized communities will go nowhere. However, it is the job of whites to bridge the gap and they can do so by being aware, educated, and compassionate of
Most Northern whites had no idea of how brutal slavery could be.” Stowe herself was an abolitionist as a young adult, but it took her a significant portion of her life to finally put to paper this novel in what was, arguably, her biggest abolitionist act. Her move from Connecticut to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she heard first hand accounts of the poor treatment in the South, was what finally motivated her to bring these atrocities to light. Annette Gordon-Reed explained in her article “The Persuader” that, “she made the reality of slavery palpable to the American public.”
It challenged the preconceptions that slavery was a dark chapter and did not contribute anything useful for the future. Instead, the Hortons showed that slavery was a huge influence on American history. From integrating their culture to fighting in wars, slavery has left a legacy in America. Unfortunately, while African American culture has survived through the decades, so have racial prejudices. This book was daring to shine a light at this sensitive topic.
Professor James T. Downs gave an interesting lecture on the masking of epidemics after the civil war. His take on the Harriet Ann Jacobs’ story was something that extremely captivated me because I had not known much about her story. Harriet Ann Jacobs exposed the reality of what it meant to be a slave and gave a different perspective from that of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Despite all, she did to expose the conditions that former slaves lived in, and the progress that she helped create in the 19th century, many whites did not believe that Jacobs wrote her own story. This was due to the basis that she was poor and black.
Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).
domineering, too outspoken (Wallace 215). Although it was hard to live in a world full of racism at the time, it was almost impossible to be an African woman before the 2000’s. Because of people like Michele, society was told the hard truth, forcing America as a whole to treat everyone with respect and equality. After looking at The Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, and Michele Wallace, I showed many incidents of powerful protesting or speaking. With these resilient individuals, the racial issues in America have been able to improve.
As details of a key compromise measure that did not meet the intended goals became evident, the same groups who had earlier supported the FSA, were now criticizing it. The new law only reduces, but does not eliminate, the sentencing disparity that appears to be directed towards those of the African American community. The criticisms are centered at too many of the low-level drug dealers are being sentenced and incarcerated by the federal criminal justice system (Reid 2012). During this time of accusations by former supporters, the bipartisan cooperation, who were key to the passage of the FSA, created an historic political event. To demonstrate their frustrations they used intense partisan wrangling for a large range of different political issues upon Capitol Hill, and dominated the debate and stymied the proceedings (Gertsman