By writing Black Like Me, John Griffin was trying to write down everything he felt was important on his journey as a black man. One of the major things wrote down was the idea of white racism. Which is the belief that white people are superior to other races and because of that should run society. So, the main topic of the novel was social divide of whites and African Americans. As a black man John saw the contempt white people had towards African Americans, and just the overall condescending attitude emanated from these people.
After the civil war, the Confederates were angry with their loss. The southern defeat caused tension between the white and black race. The reunification caused some white americans to act violently towards the black race, The American Journey explains that white americans “saw African Americans as adversaries
Martin Luther King preaches in his speech about the wronging ways they have been treated for so long and what he “dreams” will happen in the time to come. From his speech, he states, “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’” King is referring to the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” from the Constitution and Declaration of Independence about how they are not being treated as these two documents proclaim that every man should be. While Atticus states, “some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
Reconstruction was an attempt reconcile the country and bring it back together, however it was not the success Abraham had hoped it to be when initiated before being assassinated. The failure had many effects on African American communities in both the north on the south both negative and positive. Socially black slaves were freed but not really accepted into society. Black codes were utilized which placed pressure on African Americans about things like when to meet with friends and where they should live. Discrimination against black flourished as the Ku Klux Klan a group of people who wore robes and mask went around pretending to be the ghost of Confederate soldiers.
Malcolm X once said, “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery”. In the preceding quote, Malcolm X is explaining his threatening proposal of black nationalism. During the 1960s Malcolm X believed that African Americans were not being treated properly and that they must unite and take up arms if they fail to get what they want. Essentially, they were being politically oppressed. Despite the fact the fifteenth amendment was in place at the time, blacks in America were faced with political barriers when attempting to vote.
In a single but powerful phrase he states, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever. ”1 The words in his speech and its delivery are synchronized to convey hatred, throughout the speech, Wallace is shown shaking his fist to round up rallying cries of support. While a governor is supposed to oversee the common welfare of its people, Wallace’s demeaning message expresses that African Americans are less worthy of respect, which unfortunately reflects the opinions of many white southerners during this time. Many white southerners viewed African Americans demands for racial equality as a threat to their social, economic, and political order. It consequently led to white southerners to view George Wallace as an answer to end their fears.
Dr. King uses diction to discuss the topic of equality for the African American people. Diction is a person's choice of words and contributes to their voice and style. " (...) The Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself exile in his own land" (281). Exile is used in this quote to explain how much African American citizens are shunned in society.
It should be clear from this paper that I disagree with this idea, and starting with Native Son, it is true that Wright is critiquing racism throughout his book. He shows readers that there are not just blatantly racist people, but also liberal-minded people that think that they are helping Blacks that are still racist in their denial to move past social customs like segregation. Anti-racist groups like the Communists also have problems interacting, as they believe in stereotypes, they do not not know much about Blacks, and they also are even a bit forceful in trying to recruit Blacks to join their cause because they feel that every Black person wants to fight racism. Native Son also gives an in-depth characterization of Bigger Thomas, the protagonist, as well as Bigger’s lawyer Mr. Max, his former enemy Jan Erlone, his girlfriend Bessie, and Bigger’s enemy in court Mr. Buckley. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s transformation as a woman of color is explored throughout the novel.
Racism was horrible in the 1870s because black people were judged by their skin color. Racism is when people treat black people unfairly and have unequal rights compared to white people. Also, Martin Luther King Jr. Went through a horrible situation. For instance, he tried to make a speech because he wanted to stand up for himself and for the other black people. Then a white person came and shot him to death because he was a leader that was black.
Have you ever thought about what makes a person good or evil? According to the Golden Rule we as humans should treat others the way we would want to be treated but this is not all ways the case. African Americans have fought for equality for an extensive period of time against desegregation and Racism. Due to the fact that White southerners were not happy with the end of slavery and the prospect of living or working “equally” with blacks whom they considered inferior.
-How did the South change its ideas about black military service over the course of the war? Civil War black officers were excited to enroll in the Union Army. They were on edge to join the battle against subjugation and they trusted that military administration would permit them to be viewed as equivalents and demonstrate their entitlement to correspondence. Albeit African Americans had battled with unique excellence in the American Revolution and the War of 1812, numerous in the North scrutinized the teach and battling capacities of African Americans. President Abraham Lincoln, worried about hurting the confidence of white warriors and estranging slaveholding fringe states, at first opposed requests to permit dark battle
Alexander arguments were about equality. As stated in the book, “The backlash against the gains of African Americans in the Reconstruction Era was swift and serve. As African Americans obtained political power and began the long march toward greater social and economic equality, whites reacted with panic and outrage” (30). Many whites didn’t appreciate that African American were gaining power. I believe that racism is a very cruel and brutal topic.
I believe that the results of Reconstruction have been mixed and i believe that the economy is a problem that needs to be fixed. By not dictating who can have what job based on their race Reconstruction can meet its goal of creating equality for all. During Reconstruction, Americans had very different opinions about the government. In the northern states, most people believed that since the South had seceded before they had to keep an eye on them.
In the seventeenth chapter of A People 's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn, he discussed the anger and emotion in African Americans. He implored how it can erupt in big ways. Even though, the government created reforms, they were not fundamental and the laws passed were not enforced. This developed two different ideologies in society about how to deal with the problem of discrimination and racism. In society, African Americans had been oppressed for a long time, leading to the ultimate question "Does it explode?"
Confederate people out of power all together. The southern white government had a range of ways they controlled how the newly freed slaves lived their lives and what freedoms they could have and which ones the government didn’t want them to have but over time these barriers were