Ashley Bonneau Dr. Melanie McBride ENG 200 May 13 2012 Dear Dr. McBride, I have chosen to use the social topics in Ishmael Reed’s “The C Above High C” for my essay this week. I have chosen this topic due to the strong racial differences that can be seen between the characters in this play. I have decided to use the two main characters Louis Armstrong and Dwight D. Eisenhower as my main focus for racial differences. I feel that both these men are the strongest example of how a white man and a black man are viewed and treated differently in the 1950s. I tend to struggle with analyzing drama because many of the supporting elemental details are not present.
“Of Mr.Booker T. Washington and others” was written by W.E.B Dubois as a critique of Washington and his views on the improvement of black life. The “Atlanta Exposition” was aimed at improving the tension between white and black Americans in the south. The thesis of this speech was that black Americans should be more concerned with furthering their economic standing instead of their social standing. Washington urged blacks to join the work force in the south where they would be given a chance. In front of a predominantly white audience he asked that white southerners hired blacks because of their love for white people they serviced.
The word “nigger” is also designed to make the reader feel inferior and ashamed of the way the character has been treated. However Candy justifies his Bosses actions as he sees nothing wrong or immoral in them. By doing this Steinbeck is showing the reader that the society was used to this kind of treatment and that it was applied towards black people on everyday life bases. This quotation shows us that black people’s rights were very limited and that they were not able to stand up for their believes and they accepted the racism they had to endure with. Secondly we are told about Crooks humble accommodation, and the way he had been isolated from the rest of the society due to the fact that he is not a white resident.
Her story is one of success she achieved personally and professionally. Her family's experiences also show the horror of how persons of color were treated, including the story of a neighbor boy who was killed by a white man who said he trespassed, but the crime was never prosecuted. Proud Shoes should be required reading for Americans it really is informative on the race relations during those times. It was a little hard for me to get through the Civil War military history, but that doesn’t take anything away from the important of the book to American history. It was a painful reading about treatment of the slaves in this book, But necessary to relay the message in the story.
He carefully balanced liberalism and conservatism, by being pro-gay rights, but against gay marriage, pro affirmative action but against racial quotas. He appealed to the middle-class more than the poor. Clinton’s superiority over Bush in economics showed in a presidential debate in October 1992, when they were asked how to find a cure for the economic problems of ordinary people. Bush could not answer the question, but Clinton on the other hand shined, and told her stories that he had heard during his time as governor of Arkansas. By doing so, people believed that he truly felt their pain during the recession.
Kanye West: Rhetorical Analysis In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West appeared on a NBC telethon to raise money for the American Red Cross to help the victims of New Orleans. During the telethon, West departs from the scripted comments and gives his own opinions. The goal of his argument was to inform America of the ineffective response of government aid to help the poor black people of New Orleans. But as he goes on, it becomes more and more evident that he is trying to convince his audience of several different ideas. Although West’s emotional and passionate speech appeals to the audience’s sympathy, he makes several claims with hidden premises that make his argument seem unclear and somewhat insidious.
He went to talk to his friend George Levitan who was an owner of a famous Negro magazine. Levitan told Griffin, “It’s a crazy idea. You could get yourself killed down there.” But Levitan still supported him. After talking to his wife and getting her agreement, Griffin got ready to go to a dermatologist to get his skin dyed darker temporarily. The book is in a Journal format, indicating the dates that he recorded in his actual diary for the book.
knowing who you are is good for one generation only, You haven’t the foggiest idea where you stand now or who you are,” Julian said savagely. There is more to it than it seems though. I believe the author is criticizing the way white intellectuals who have never experienced the degradation felt by the coloreds at the time tried overly hard to misguidedly fight for their cause, the same way politicians who have never been to war argued for large-scale troop deployment to the Middle East awhile back. When he got on a bus, he made it a point to sit down beside a Negro, in reparation as it were for his mother’s sins. That is not the way one fights for a cause.
Summary In “(Proto) Typical White Denial,” Tim Wise investigates the uncomfortable fact that white people deny the extent of racism and discrimination against black people. Wise claims that most white people are in denial is not based on the stereotypes about whites; in fact it is supported by what white people actually respond in different surveys. Wise states that white people have been in denial of their racism over black people for a long time, and that they also deny the importance of racism in determining opportunities for blacks. Wise also shows that white people are far more likely to confirm their racism bias about blacks in front of lie detectors, and white people usually associate someone black with a negative figure like drug dealer. However, they envision positive figures as white.
In Dan Wasserman’s cartoon that appeared in an issue of the Boston Globe in July of 2011, Obama is attempting to make things better, or “avoid default” while a Republican who is far away “misinterprets” what he says and states his feelings of everything being Obama’s fault. The cartoon portrays the use of symbolism, exaggeration, humor and caricature to convey the message of republicans blaming Obama for everything even when he tries to do right; Republicans don’t “hear” or listen to Obama. The cartoon most likely would create laughter from an audience due to the fact that there is no denying that this is true, but the facts were shown in a humorous way. The large crack in the ground as a way of showing everything falling apart demonstrates Wasserman’s use of symbolism because the crack represents America. The crack could also be a representation of how split republicans and Democrats are on their views.