Hip Hop produced similar idols and ambassadors through the years and decades. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential MC in the United States. His lyrics containing strong statements about the situation of African-Americans in the present-day society where the black community still have to face issues of racism and police brutality. Kendrick is a similar character to Martin Luther King considering his commitment towards his community and culture, his voice has a strong influence on black people. Sometimes when social injustice and racial issues drench the society, music is one of the best way to demonstrate against these problems.
This is what started the Blue Lives Matter movement, a movement for police officers to be protected. Due to a spike in police deaths the government imposed harsher laws against assaulting, harming, or killing a police officers. The BLM community is concerned because they feel like they are taking a step backwards in the relationships between the community and its people with the local police officers. Lots of people are saying that the movement is unjust because they believe that “All Lives Matter,” but the movement is just simply pointing out that African Americans are being wrongfully targeted and killed. The movement is trying to prove that all of our lives should be equal not one life is better than the
Handed a case with black man, Tom Robinson, he had to make a choice. To Kill A Mockingbird represents going against the majority by the case of Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping and beating a young girl. Atticus took his case, despite him being a black man, and his entire town and family against it. His town hated the fact that an honourble lawyer defend a black man, and his family thought it would ruin the family name by doing so.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
Since music was his destiny, Eminem has realized that the way he can fulfill his dream of rapping was to leave his dark past behind, and change his identity and the way he looked. Growing up and representing whiteness in a black neighborhood and being the only white in school were all important factors that led Eminem to change himself, his name, and using the language he uses in his songs today. He inspires millions of people with the certain language he uses and proves that during hard times, it is possible to uprise and change the way you look at things. Eminem not only changed the way people look at him, but has also revolutionized the meaning of rap. Today, we meet Eminem in his studio near Michigan to ask him a
But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free.” ( King, para. 2-3) King is explaining that once there had been an act to end slavery. Yet 100 years had past and segregation still continued and over the 100 years nothing had been changed. He added the Emancipation Proclamation document because many Americans know and understand the document. African Americans
The lynching mobs “were never apprehended, tried, or convicted. Prominent community members frequently encouraged and even participated in lynch mobs,” the resentment of African Americans were .The lynching mobs would cut off body parts of the victim’s body, the dismembered parts would either be kept or sold as souvenirs. During this time, many black men were accused of raping white females, so as punishment they would be lynched. The lynching of the black rapist would be considered a civil action. The lynching of black bodies has left many African Americans mental scarred since they have to fear for the lives of their families and themselves.
During the novel, Jem’s harsh interaction with racism transforms him when it destroys his sense of security of his own town. In a modern day society, racism often produce one’s concerns and worries for their own sense of security and right choices. From her exposure of racism, Scout soon realizes that racism affects not only one individual, but the whole community of the oppressed have no voice or opportunities. Relating to Tom’s trial in To Kill a Mockingbird, the Scottsboro boys demonstrate how racial discrimination caused them to be guilty because they are black and have no voice to defend themselves. Racism takes place in everyday society, and to dispose of it, everyone must be treated like an equal no matter their race or skin
This issue comes up again as Lamar tries to spin the issue of police brutality and criminalization of young African-American men as positive. He repeats the word “Alright” again and again, a beacon of hope for the audience. In the end, he is shot. Lamar accepts the end of his time as an African-American as he gives into the brutality shown to his race. The complexity he tries to add as African-Americans of being innocent is put to an end by their own oppressors due to the lack of complexity and empathy given to the African-American youth.
Client blames his environment the inability to afford the clothing and possessions he seen his friends purchase while selling drugs. B. His main theme is that of a white unjust political system that was created and functions to hold Hispanic/African American males in a perpetual state of
The acid was the way he could think deeper and longer about some of the most important things in his life. Chancelor Bennett grew up in a rough neighborhood of southside Chicago. He raps of freedom, his faith in God, family, and the city he grew to love. In an interview with Billboard, Chance the Rapper explains that he starts with a either a theme, emotion, or narrative, and works from that. Chance the Rapper recently made a song as a tribute for the late Muhammad Ali to be performed at the ESPY Awards.
Police brutality is a civil rights violation, occurring when a police officer acts with uncontrolled power by using an amount of force with regards to a civilian that is more than necessary (Reuters 1). In the past, several years’ police actions of abuse have become very crucial. Instead of police officers protecting and serving the people like they were assigned, they rather murder and anguish them for no cause. The common race being tortured are African Americans. The incidents that are occurring is being overlooked.
His political efforts and how he encouraged others to be apart of his movement was motivational to many including myself. During his interviews, Tupac spoke on his attempt to raise black people up; he said was organizing to start the Black Panthers up again not for a vengeful purpose but more for the more thoughtful purpose of uplifting black people. In the same effort, he would expose the racial injustice being done towards blacks through some of his lyrics. In his music he would refer to the rich people being on top in power and trying to oppress the less fortunate. I
Although Martin Luther King Jr is talking about the social injustice Africans Americans were facing in the 1960s, this also relates to how the reader and Matt feels about the legal system. Matt is not content with the unjust verdict that was reached by the legal system so it is time for him to take matter into his own hands. Taking matter into his own hands means killing Richard to complete his revenge, but when he does it is clear it was not the ethical thing to do. Reason being that even though Richard killed Matt 's son, Frank was still dead and nothing could change that. Matt 's felt unfulfilled with killing Matt and when he tells Ruth what happened he says “ the words had no
Instead of addressing the racial injustice, they speak of the riots and protests against police officers by black individuals. The tragedy of the entire event isn’t even references in the NY Post, which straightaway appeals to supporters of the law enforcement system, inflaming readers with bold statements such as, “We have two more cops who were ambushed because of their uniforms,” (Inflaming Ferguson, NY Post). Although Washington Times can admit that such an event is a tragedy, they do display more noticeable support for the police departments. They go so far as to admit that, in their viewpoint, “a tragedy occurred, but a crime did not” (A tragedy in Ferguson, but the crime is the work of race hustlers, Washington Times). The appeal isn’t directed towards any civil rights activists with these two news sources, as NY Post has said, “The whole ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative promoted by activists and the media was false from the start” (NY Post).