The two stories allow the readers to discover the struggles of young black American during the civil rights movements. In “Nineteen Fifty-five” by Alice Walker, Gracie Mae focuses on how black people have been demoralized by whites. In the story, Gracie mentioned some famous Civil Rights leaders, such as, Malcom X and Martin Luther King. These famous leaders die Fighting for equality for Black American. In “Sonny’s Blue’s” by James Baldwin.
In the poem “Ego-Tripping” by Nikki Giovanni, she normalizes her worth by continuing to royalist herself as a black woman who is essential to mankind. Giovanni creates a vision throughout the poem, which leaves a thought in mind of how woman should look at themselves with much confidence as Giovanni does. “Ego Tripping” was written by Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 7, 1943. G9iovanni is a writer, poet, activist, and educator whose work was influenced during the Black Power Movements and the Civil Rights Movement. The poem was released in 2002.
The Help has many rebellious and outgoing characters and Minny is one of these characters. Although she might be rebellious Minny is still cautious about the information that she is giving Skeeter because this is her life that she could be throwing away by telling these stories. What am I doing? I must be crazy, giving a white woman the sworn secrets of the colored race to a white lady (Stockett 17.50) Minny doesn't care what the rules are or the social norms and she uses the white persons bathroom in the house and is unjustly fired for it. In retaliation Minny brings Miss Hilly a pie with a “special” ingredient.
One can even extend the analogy and say that she is talking about the whole group of African-American female poets. They have been on the outside for a while. They scare the insiders with the stories that they would tell. The poet’s other works hint at what stories the poets might have. The poems are dark; they are different; they are ethnic.
Specifically, Zora Neale Hurston celebrated African American culture in a unique way by using authentic African American dialect and raw storytelling. The dialect used in the second paragraph of the story gives ample insight into the racial tension of that era, “Setting up dere looking dem white folks right in de face! They’s gowine lynch you, yet.” Hurston uses her grandmother’s African American dialect to celebrate her culture and to accent the story. Exploring African American culture and their unique heritage is another common theme of writers from the Harlem Renaissance era. In Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, Hughes focuses on the long history of African American race and its roots.
The housewives disregard their black maids because of societal influences, which leads to maltreatment. White housewives think their maids are inferior to them and treat them like they are worth nothing. Women, such as Hilly Holbrook and Elizabeth Leefolt, are unappreciative, disrespectful, and offensive. Separate maids’
Poets Claude Mckay and Langston Hughes are both well known for their literary contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. Roughly spanning from the 1910s to the 1930s, about two decades, the Harlem Renaissance is pinned as the intellectual, social, and artistic explosion of African American culture. At the same time, African Americans were treated as second-class citizens and dealt with a common consensus of disdain from the white folk. Authors and poets during this time were determined to write on the sufferings and strengths within the black culture. Through literary works such as "America" by Claude McKay and "Freedom" by Langston Hughes, the struggles encompassing the black experience are realistically portrayed through reoccurring themes
She struggles against sexual objectification and exploitation. Through Helga’s fight for sexual autonomy, the book illustrates two stereotypes of African American females which prevail throughout the literature. The novel depicts limitations of stereotypes held across Europe and the United States. The stereotypes’ pervasiveness is conveyed via constant change of settings. For instance, it criticizes reactionary stereotypes that treated sex with reticence and caution to counterbalance literary and social myths about sexuality of the black women.
Patricia Hill Collins’ “Black Feminist Thought” discussed the importance and power of the black feminist thought and black feminist critique, what she called the “matrix of domination”. Collins argued the critiques offered two main contributions: (1) they provided another way of looking at oppression through an intersectional lens, and (2) black feminist thought acknowledges and centers around the voices of black women, even in a field of predominantly white scholars. She argued that a subordinate group experiences a different reality than a dominant group and interprets that reality different than them; it is the connection of what a person does and what he or she thinks. This idea reminds me of how a dominant group, Whites, make assumptions about a subordinate group’s, Blacks, life experiences. Whites cannot explain those experiences of Blacks simply because they are the one group who caused the pain and suffering of Blacks, what they have experienced and are experiencing, from acts of discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice.
What does it mean to a Black woman in America? Melissa Harris-Perry would answer that it means facing stereotypical tropes placed upon one because of the visibility of their identities. She cites three traditional examples: 1) the sexless Mammy who nurtures white women and children, and neglects her own community, 2) the sexually promiscuous Jezebel, whose inherent hypersexuality has long been used to