The primary audience in the speech is mainly for the gay community of the nation. Mr. Milk is able to connect with his audience because he too is gay. The primary audience in the letter are those who “criticize” Dr. King, and he confronts his audience as a African American who has been oppressed and will not tolerate it any longer. The main purpose of the speech is to “give hope” to the gay community, and Mr.
Throughout James Baldwin’s stories, such as “Sonny’s Blues”, “The Rockpile”, and “The Outing”, he uses classism, racism, sexism, and despair to express hardships throughout his life and others. The life of James Baldwin was very difficult since he lived during the Harlem Renaissance, 1920s. Being born as a gay black man without much money. Being black during the 1920s made you a target of hateful actions and thoughts. While being gay during the 1920s also made you a target for hate, even worse than for being black in some cases.
John Howard Griffin dives, head first into the subjects of prejudice, diversity, and racism; in his novel Black Like Me. During his transformation from a white man to a black man, he see’s the injustices thrown upon African Americans. Not because of the way they act, but because of the way they look. The novel Black Like Me brings about a realization of the hypocrisy of White Americans and opens the eyes to the readers, whether they want to accept it as truth or not. Griffin fights for racial justice but due to the fact he is white; he will never be able to understand what it’s like to be African American.
Through his work, James Baldwin created a lens for readers to view his life as a black homosexual in America as well as in France. Baldwin’s work is reminiscent of his upbringing in a home with his stepfather who was a store-front pastor living in America during a time of social segregation and discord as well as the persecution of homosexuals. His extensive catalog of work was greatly influenced by his life as a black gay man in America. At Harlem Hospital, Baldwin was born to his mother, Emma Berdis Jones on August 2, 1924. He had never known his biological father because his mother had left him when James was very young due to his drug abuse.
The articles “Two runners, once united with Olympic gesture, are now divided” by David Davis and “The Other man on the Podium” by Caroline Frost are about two African American runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos falling out post protest on the winning platform at the 1968 Olympics. Smith and Carlos rose to the podium and raised their black gloved fists in the air to bring attention to the inequality for the Blacks in America at the time. As time went on though, the two released several works of writing that contradict each other 's statements about the rebellious protest that they made together and belittling each other’s accomplishments. Everybody goes through hard times or does courageous things and the people that were there with them become part of who they are. Being “rebels without a cause” together brought a sense of unity to Smith and Carlos.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends a black man named Tom Robinson who was accused of raping a young white woman. Atticus was maybe not wise to defend Tom because of the consequences that tax his family, but it was the right thing to do. The consequences of defending a black man did cause good things in the children like early maturity, but it also did cause things like traumatization. As Atticus has explained to Scout many times about this, He is doing this because he values equality and justice. He believes that everyone is equal and therefore just because Tom Robinson is black, doesn't mean that he should not defend him.
Since Richard is homosexual and also an immigrant, he feels a large pressure to be silent. Richard is unsure of who to talk to, and doesn't understand his own identity because his family is not entirely supportive. Kimmel notices this silence that men may face because they are unsure of who they are, and if they will be accepted by their family and larger community. Although Richard does not talk with his friends or family about his sexuality, he meets a woman named Yetta Epstein while in travelling and discusses his own identity-crisis with her. Silence to his family is a way that Richard believes he can become in their eyes, a successful
Jonas chuckled.” (146) The community releases the lighter twin of the set because it would be too confusing to have two identical people around and that would make it hard for the people. The lighter twin has to suffer through the pain of dying just so that the people’s lives can be “easier.” The community also doesn’t get to live with that twin and experience the benefits that he might have for society. After receiving the memory about love Jonas says, “I liked the feeling of love,” he confessed He glanced nervously at the speaker on the wall, reassuring himself that no one was listening. “ wish we still
Throughout the entire letter, I feel Coates' disappointment; anger; and sadness. I feel that he wish he had another history to tell his son; to embrace some kind of hope in his son's future; to tell him that being black does not put his life in risk from being taken away. Coates knows that when his son soon or later will eventually start wondering about why he is being treated unfairly or different. He will begin to see the police brutality among his racial group; how many blacks of different ages get killed by the police just because they
The film documentary Paris is Burning is a complex film portraying the lives of African American men who are gay and transgender. The characters are Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Venus Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent, Freddie Pendavis, and several others. This film focuses on how these men support each other and find happiness by embracing their culture. The film uses rhetorical strategies, such as pathos to allow the audience to respond emotionally, logos because this is a documentary about the lives of real men who are rejected by society, and ethos the integrity of this film comes from the whole film crew and the director Jennie Livingston who is openly lesbian (Clark). Livingston made a film that showed the audience a community that has its own cultural norms who are outlawed by everyone but themselves.