It can be said that during the 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll music became a key medium of expressing black pride ideologies and brought a sense of racial unity. Body Rock and roll brought a sense of racial unity during the 1950’s and the 1960’s for a number of reasons. First off, it was accepted by both black and white audiences. Performers of rock and roll music communicated black philosophy and promoted black pride. Such performers could be seen in Afro hairstyles which demonstrated their pride in being truly black and their lyrics promoted black unity.
The song “Murder to Excellence” with Kanye west is geared toward expressing their built up emotion on black-on-black crime, therefore I will look to evaluate this song of theirs and Jay-Z upbringing. Malcolm X has many views and always will be subject to a valuable opinion, so from the speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” will help me tie both his ideas and mine together. Black-on-black violence is consequence to the fact of acting out of pure ignorance, and many black Americans should be uniting as one instead of killing one another. By African-Americans constantly taking one another lives, it attests to other races that black people do not typically understand how to act, and that we are honestly oblivious in this world. The sooner we become together and realize that we do not need to kill each other because all we have is each other, and if it continues than we show that brotherly love does not exist
But as time passed, people started to believe that slavery was unconstitutional. Debates were fought, muskets snapped, and cannons roared in order to secure the future of our country. After a war that separated the country for the first time in her short history, slavery was abolished; but laws and manuscript can only do so much. For the generations that were imprinted with this natural racism, it would take an equal amount of explanation and understanding to have any hope of a change in their mindset. Langston Hughes’s poem depicts this as the “Negro bearing slavery’s scars”, stating that no matter how much time has or will pass, the social and mental damage has already been done (20).
Both Dawe and Slessor use powerful imagery to illustrate their anti-war sentiments. The two poems address the gravity of war and the awful sacrifices of men too young to die and the use of imagery in each adds another dimension and plays a crucial part in emphasizing the message of pieces. Imagery is used in both poems to create a sense of unification in death, both between the families of the dead boys as in homecoming when Dawe used imagery such as ‘the spider grief swings’ through the ‘wide web of suburbs’ as the news of death reaches each house and unifies the whole country in mourning. But a different type of unification in beach burial as Slessor unifies the dead soldiers from both sides of the war, ‘the sand joins them together’ in their graves, they are all labelled as ‘unknown soldiers’ and Slessor describes them all as ‘gone in search of the same landfall’. Another type of imagery that appears in both poems in the description of the war itself and the imagery used reinforces the brutality of it, so is the aim of both poems.
Select one of the poems and explain why the poet is effective in presenting his message. Consider such elements: rhythm, rhyme, diction, imagery, and purpose. In this Petrarchan sonnet, Dunbar makes clear his message and expression of the pain of racial injustices after the Civil War. Douglass, as depicted as a great leader, is called upon for comfort through this problem that America faces. The purpose of this poem I feel is to represent the struggles the African Americans had to endure during their time being slaves while offering hope for the black community, letting the reader knows that one day someone will lead them out of this struggle and into their promise land.
Civil Disobedience “My country tis of thee sweet land of liberty”, or so we thought. The Staple Singers, a blues/mo town band, wrote a song that showed the aggravation and persecution that pro civil rights person where feeling called “when will we be paid”. The civil rights was a movement broadcasted a major theme equality for all whether black or white, which touches on the under lying there behind “when will be paid”. In the song “when will we be paid” by the staple singers, it demonstrates how the African American population demanded composition for the work that they have done, which was a right that many protested for during the Civil Rights movement. The Staple Singers, started out as just a family then ended up as a musical sensation.
ENG 240: Peer Review 1) The writer chose to analyze “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay; the specific argument that the writer is making is: During Slavery, the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, African Americans gave us songs, poems and many other things that show us what they went through. These poems and songs as well as the poem, “If We Must Die” represented images that can be linked back to the oral tradition; no this argument is not unique, because we have learned in class that songs and poems created during these times shows us what they were enduring during hard times and his thesis is kind of general; The essay partially fulfills what the writer promised to talk about because the writer to the poem line by line and analyzed the poem by telling the reader what he thought each line meant but he didn’t specifically state what his main topics/arguments would be. Since his thesis is kind of general, the writer should possibly go through his essay and look for specific examples that he talked about and add some more to his thesis to make it more specific. 2) His fourth paragraph had the best evidence and analysis but it needs to be cut because it’s too big, I think the reader should focus more on the images from specific parts of the poem and talk more on the significance of the specific parts rather than analyzing the poem line by line; His first paragraph should be explained more and have examples from the text; his second paragraph could somehow be intertwined with his first paragraph since this poem paper isn’t really about the author it’s more about analyzing the essay. 3) The writer partially supports his thesis with evidence.
Not only did both poets inspire African Americans, they wrote about the hardships and daily struggles that African Americans endured during the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance helped shaped the significance of how important it is to celebrate Black History month so that we can remember what African American’s endured to gain equal rights. References Langston Hughes. (2014). Retrieved November 30, 2014, from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/langston-hughesReferences Hughes, L. (1945).
Specifically, the white community thinks because of the black population’s inequality, that they should be able to treat them like dirt. For example, in To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell stated, “He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. “—I’ve been tellin’em forever to clean up that nigga’ nest down yonder!”” (Lee, p.173) This tells us that Bob Ewell thinks it is acceptable to treat African-Americans however he wants to: by forcefully standing up and pointing his finger menacingly at Tom Robinson, it shows that he has no respect for the negro community and their dignity. It also depicts that by having no remorse for his comments and actions, that Bob Ewell deems his racist views tolerable. In addition, Agent Ward from “Mississippi Burning” stated: “Mr.
graduate, as well as the first black member of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People. His thoughts and speeches clearly indicated that he felt that there would always be a division of people according to their race. In The Souls of Black Folk, DuBois indicates that the slaves sang songs that had messages of hope within them. Once of the most powerful was “that sometime, somewhere, men will judge men by their souls and not by their skins” (DuBois, 2006. p. 146). Conclusion DuBois thought that the color-line would be a problem in America for a long time, and he was right.