After watching the movie “A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story”, I realized that I didn’t know much about how Mexico lost part of their land to the United States and about how hard life used to be for Mexican Americans compared to now. I learned about how Mexican Americans were treated in the United States. The movie was mainly about how Mexican Americans were discriminated and they were treated as inferior people. They were not seen as actual “Americans”, but as a second class, calling them names like “shiftless, lazy, dumb, etc.” Another important thing I learned is who was Gus García and what he did for Mexican Americans.
In the opening essay “Time and Distance Overcome” of her book Notes from No Man’s Land, Eula Biss beautifully contemplate the invention of the telephone in the first part of the essay; and makes a shocking turn to the terror lynching as another American invention in the second part. Telephone poles started to appear at the same time when white Americans began lynching black Americans. She uses a lot of data in order to guide us into the connection between two American creations; and how white Americans accept both of them. She implicitly equates two huge American inventions - the telephone and racial lynching. Biss goes on, showing how telephone poles, which were created to unify people, becoming a remorseless litany of white racial violence.
Spike Lee’s films never fail to spark controversy in the filmgoing world due to constantly dealing with the delicate topic of race and by clearly portraying his pro-black view of the topic. His films point out the corruption of our world and realize the separation of our society, especially in the black culture. In his classic film, Do the Right Thing, he reveals the struggles of an interracial community that doesn 't get along with each other. The climax of the film is undoubtedly when Sal’s famous Pizzeria is vandalized and burned by the community after the police kill Radio Raham because of an aggressive confrontation in his shop.
If you ever want to start a debate on racial issues, just screen Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right’ to a group of people. Right from the title of the movie the controversial messages start to bring out what someone really thinks on racial injustice. The movie shows racial tensions between groups in a neighborhood. Present in the film are the Italian pizza shop owners that have selectively opened their business in a black neighborhood, while having a racist son. There is the black protester who boycotts their business since the owners do not have any black legend’s placed up on their wall of fame.
In the film Do the Right Thing, by Spike Lee, tension among racial groups is effectively shown. Two of the main points that are brought to attention throughout the movie are racism and police brutality. Do the Right Thing stirred up a lot of controversy, along with many emotions. In the time the movie is set (1989), racism was very prominent. In the movie, Lee promotes pride in one’s race and most of all interracial tolerance.
Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront is a crime drama starring legendary actor Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a former prize-fighting boxer turned dock worker employed by Johnny Friendly (portrayed by Lee J. Cobb), the corrupt leader of the local dock workers union. After witnessing the murder of a fellow co-worker and friend, Joey Doyle, Terry is faced with the difficult decision of speaking against Friendly, a long-time family friend and the boss of his older brother Charley, in court in relation to the mob-esque activities of the dockers union, or keeping his mouth shut in an effort to preserve the relationship, and also his own safety. Edie Doyle (portrayed by Eva Saint Marie), the sister of the deceased Joey Doyle, and the local Catholic priest Father Barry (a role performed by actor Karl Malden) make it their mission, along with the Waterfront Crime Commission, to encourage those to speak the truth against Friendly. Eventually, the Commission, Father Barry, and Edie zero in on Terry given that he was the only witness to the murder, and collectively act as the moral compass that tries to sway Terry into doing what is considered to be the just thing to do, even if that means going against family.
Schools have always had issues of racism, prejudice, and students that lack the necessary education to assist them in a healthy future. If a new concept of school policy was introduced that could end all of that, would you consider it? In Dennis Prager’s speech regarding his unique, yet exceptional principles, would provide nothing but positive growth within his students. People should agree with Prager’s principles because they would encourage unification, teach young men and women skills valuable in life, and would allow students to focus solely on an education that bring nothing but an admirable future. First off, in Prager’s speech he mentions that “this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.”.
Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man” addresses racial prejudice that was occurring during a time of segregation in America. Based on the story, it is easy to infer that Wright was pessimistic about race relations in the US. Wright depicts the main character, Olaf, as a well-rounded man who claims to be accepting of all people, no matter their race. In reality, Olaf is unconsciously affected by racism and prejudice. When a large African American man requests a room in his workplace, Olaf plans to refuse the man simply because of his race and immense size.
Defining a Racist On the FBI website the statistics for hate crimes committed in 2015, 59.2% of hate crimes were against African-Americans. A hate crime is defined as a crime committed against a certain group of person(s) which is why we need to define what a racist or racist comment is. Defining what a racist is could help decrease the amount of hate crimes committed against either Anglo or African-American people. Defining what a racist is could also help alleviate some tensions between Anglos and African-American, Jewish people and Christians, and Pakistanis and Indians. Malcolm Gladwell’s definition of racism helps clear out the misunderstanding and tension that some comments like Michael Irvin’s about Tony Romo’s athletic ability create.
When one refers to ‘Stranger in the Village,’ with a meticulous objective, they find that the series of complexities does more than document the behaviors of an isolated village. Woven throughout the essay, there are chances to absorb a seemingly endless category of philosophies, from the consequences of seclusion in association to ignorance, to the discipline writing requires and the concerns standing beside it. However, there are specific points Baldwin makes that, for a lifetime, will remain thought-provoking. It is the attentively assembled role of ‘The Negro of America,’ that strikes a bone of relation and searches to enlighten his audience. Sequentially, what manifests from the conceptual themes of Baldwin’s interpretations is a symbolic
In relationships, especially in interracial ones, it's one thing to experiment or to get a quick-fix, but it's quite a different story when dealing with actual marriage. Marriage is a sanctity that should not be messed around with, given its status as being one of the only cultural universal social institutions around. However, humans are born as curious creatures, which helps them evolve by breaking out from the constraints of the media and of society. When racial division is involved, the issue of curiosity is illuminated. In Spike Lee's 1991 movie, Jungle Fever, there are many characters who explain this curiosity phenomenon through their actions, and there's one in particular who is practically the epitome of racial division.
Rhetorical Analysis The title of the song is Black or White and the artist was Michael Jackson. This song was released November 11, 1991 and the genre of this song was New jack swing, hip hop, and rock. These lyrics describe his opinion on racism. He is complaining that racism makes us intolerant of others and therefore more violent.
In the first chapter of Beverly Tatum’s, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, And Other Conversations About Race, the author immediately clarifies that racism is not a thing of the past. People in today’s society are merely raised with racial concepts at such a young age that they do not realize the injustice going on around them. She reinforces her statement by showing an example of a group of preschoolers who were told to draw a picture of a Native American. Most of the children didn’t even know what a Native American was, but after being told to draw an Indian, complied. Recurring elements in all of their drawings were feathers, along with a violent weapon, such as a knife.