America in the 1950s was a time of considerable conflict. Racial issues like discrimination was a fight African Americans had been fighting against for a long time. There were inequality and injustice among the people just because they were born with a different coloured skin. The American Dream, which promises democracy and equality for everyone, does not seem to include everyone per se, to segregate instead of integrate. However, it seems with the American popular culture, such as baseball and music, the possibility of integration sounds more achievable.
The word nigga, is a synonym and a homophone of nigger, which is derived from the Portugese term Negro, which meant the color black. The word nigga has been used as a term of affection/endearment, similar to buddy, dude, homie within the recent decades, but only mostly between two individuals that are of the same ethnicity (usually African-American). There has been conflict over whether the word should be used to denote such meanings, with some people supporting its usage, and others crying out against it. Lexical relations of the word nigga, is mostly with its original derived-from word nigger. Nigger has an offensive, insulting meaning and was commonly used throughout the US until the black civil rights movement.
The Harlem Renaissance started the Civil Rights movement because it gave African Americans “racial pride, they gained more respect through the movement, and the music, writing, and art challenged the stereotypes they had of themselves. The Harlem Renaissance was an exciting and lively movement for all the races in the United States and influenced the music, art, and writing industry of today. It also inspired people of all races to be proud of their origin, and speak up for what they believe in. By speaking through their music, paintings, and writing, African Americans caught the attention of various people and gave them the courage to start the Civil Rights Movement, leading one another to great
To conclude, Douglass gave colored people a dream where everyone lived together equally from his ability to convince his audience that there is hope for his race. Douglass was a man needed during his time, who could inspire any crowd for the better. He was born into slavery and separated from his mother when he was an infant so he is more than experienced to know the hardships of being black. If it wasn’t for Douglass history might of been different for not just blacks but every ethnic group. Douglass is one of if not the most important inspirational leaders of the United States history ever
Rock and roll has had huge contributions from various types of people and African Americans are certainly one of them. Rhythm and Blues, Urban Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Jump Blues, Blues Shouters are all African American music as we learned in Unit 1. Considering the fact that white majorities were always trying to keep the Black America separate from white and huge immigration of African Americans going on, I believe African Americans do not get the credit they deserve for their contribution in rock and roll. Urban blues, one of the popular version of blues, came out when African Americans moved out of south to northwestern cities like Chicago and Missouri. They reflected on the dynamic of the cities and made a new rhythm.
James Brown wrote a song called “I’m Black and I’m Proud”. It was one of those feel good songs that builds up hype. It was considered to be a bad thing when a person was black. This song really shook things up when being black could be something to be proud of. In contrast, Sam Cooke wrote a lovely song about how change is coming for the black community.
The disenfranchisement of Black Americans is as old as their presence in The United States. This disenfranchisement manifests itself in many different ways and is perpetuated on an institutional and individual levels. The oppression that blacks face have been consistently resisted by Black people and our allies. One of the more favorable ways of resistance towards institutional racism in the past and in the present has been to create legal reform. Laws such as the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment, also referred to as Reconstruction Amendments, are some laws that alleviated the oppression black people faced.
Some Hip Hop songs is about being proud of where you came from and being proud of your culture. Its alot of songs that was about coming from struggles of a young black male or female and were meant to give people sense of pride and confidence in themselves and standing out and getting to the top because everyone got dreams. The dream of a easy and life or a life filled with fame and success. To be honest, many people are scared to chase their dreams even though it can really give them good push to the top. Hip Hop also comes with the idea that chasing a dream ain 't going to be easy.
All this was largely due to boycotts and riots made by African leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and others. In conclusion, times have changed, and also have point of views, laws and thoughts on segregation and racism. Of course, although there still are many believers about the blacks not having the same freedoms as whites. Today both races have the same freedoms and
During the period of civil rights issues in American history African Americans were discriminated. Because of the discrimination against them they were a strong force for changing the laws that prohibited them from being equal. As a result many activists including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were leaders against discrimination of African Americans after slavery officially ended after the civil war in America. A man named Medgar Evers was one of these people who was a target of discrimination who then took a stand against the inequality and became a leader of the NAACP. Since America was founded discrimination existed towards Africans who were forced to go to America in order to become slaves for the southern plantation owners where