The 1920’s and the 1930’s were two completely different life styles for everybody. Before going into great detail I would describe the 1920’s as the time of money, luxury, and extravagant parties. The 1930’s on the other hand were entirely different, it consisted of bankruptcy, jobless, starved, and sadness. The 1920’s opened doors for the lives of the African American people in Harlem.
The Civil War changed Americans and slavery in many ways. The war came with a cost. Over 620,000 people died from the union or confederacy. People lost many family members. They realized that they could have figured out another way to solve their differences.
This short story is insightful for understanding how race relations during the mid nineteenth century played out. Alcott shows how pseudoscience played a role in the shaping the social mores of the day. “Not much darker than myself; his master’s son, I dare say, and the white blood makes him rather high and haughty about some things.” This quote shows Darwin’s theories about race hierarchies, which were published only a decade before Alcott’s My Contraband, can be seen here.
This article first talks about how people were not willing to talk about race, but would eat other ethnic foods, wear their clothes, and even sing songs created by people of different ethnic background. Octavia Butlers’ books and shorts story’s, which is in the science fiction category, boldly talks about race, and how the conversation about it has shifted. However in the parable series, it is said that Butler is not so concerned with the workings of race, as related to her previous works. In the story she does highlight race under late capitalism. Butler wants her audience to see how race would function with the demise of the United States government.
The Prom Night in Mississippi was an extraordinary documentary, which encompassed the racial and discriminative views and actions from a small community and school district from the early 2000s. While watching the video multiple emotions and thoughts rushed through my head, however what stuck out to me the most was how recent this document took place, and how severe certain individuals where to possessing certain racial qualities. From only nine years ago students where still experiencing racial discrimination, in which individuals fought so hard for to be solemnly free in the United States. In fact to have an interracial school district that thought it was “okay” or politically right to have a segregated prom in 2008 blows my mind. Especially when the school district had superior faculty members who were interracial to multiple sport teams.
In recent years, the word “nigger” has been changed to “nigga” and used as a term of endearment. The word itself was originally used as a hateful slur used to offend and suppress people of black descent, but is now often being used as a casual term to refer to one’s friend or acquaintance. In this day and age, it is acceptable for all individuals to use the word “nigga.” “Nigga” has been primarily used between black people and several people believe that it should only be used by black people. Marc Lamont Hill from Columbia University states, “White people should not use it.
“Colorism is defined as a prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin, generally a phenomenon occurring within one’s won ethnic group”, this is how color bias is defined in the 2011 documentary Dark Girls. Dark Girls documentary also raises the issues related to the discrimination based on the skin color particularly the black skin and especially African American black women who has to face the discrimination of being black skinned not only outside but within their own community. The documentary unravels the color bias not only in the united states but around the world. Dark Girls has seven divisions namely history, impact, family, men on women,
Slavery is the result of taking away one’s freedom and humanity by exploiting the individual physically and psychologically to be productive on the plantation. The maximization of profit is of essential goal. Viewed as the largest and most successful revolution of its era, Haiti became the first black Republic in the western hemisphere. The once pearl of the Caribbean consisted of large coffee and sugar plantations turned to blood and fire with its ruling class eliminated and economy ruined. Very few revolution could be compared as the slaves of Saint Dominique took charge of their fate by ruling themselves politically and economic.
Race has always been an apparent issue from many years past. How we define “race” depends on where and when the word is being used at the time. In the history of the U.S., the meaning of the word “white” referring to a human race, has changed over time. Groups such as Italians, Germans and Jews are more often considered as “whites”. However, other groups, mainly African American, Latino, Indians, Asian groups, have never been considered as “whites” in our society.
Ever since the beginning of time and nowadays as well, appearance especially, skin color acted as a huge role in human’s everyday life. Personally I have always seen ugly since I have a really dark skin, so many people have been having thoughts that the darker the skin, the uglier they seem to be and barely fit in which lead me to lose my confidence and lowered my self -esteem. Many cultures have those views including united states, they define dark people as criminals, while in the indian society darker girls are always seen ugly and less than others, similarly to that in the middle east. There are many concepts toward skin color in almost every society there is a concept that the darker the skin the bad and dangerous they seem to be. The article “Dark Skin Vs: Light Skin: