A major difference was that Gandhi campaigned against unjust laws of the British government, while Martin Luther King Jr. campaigned for rights that "colored" people were already lawfully supposed to have. For instance, according to the U.S. government, all people, regardless of skin color, had the equal right of suffrage, but many racists refused to accept this and attacked non-whites when they attempted to vote. Gandhi fought British oppression with
The slaveholding system had become self-sufficient and this dictated the end of many tribal practices among black slaves. Blake, by Martin R. Delany, takes place in the antebellum period in America. One may realize that most of the slaves depicted in the novel are now converted to Christianity, their masters’ religion. The problem here is that this conversion is nothing less than a subversive way to control the group of slaves in the Franks plantation. Master Frank uses religion to pour fear and obedience in his slaves’ minds.
These pacifists knew that the only way to stop their prosecutors is by standing up to them. Mahatma Gandhi unlike most of the Indian community wanted to stand up to Great Britain. In passive resistance he called it a “weapon of weak men”. Gandhi believed that the way to stop the prosecution of his people was by civil disobedience. Lastly, Henry David Thoreau implemented civil disobedience by boycotting taxes in rebellion to the Mexican-American War.
There have been many remarkable characters in history that have chosen to place more importance in individual conscious and moral duty than the duty owed to governmental law. One very important person in history that chose to honor his conscious instead of government law was Gandhi. Gandhi opposed British rule in India after the Amritsar Massacre, where British soldiers gunned down non-violent Indian protestors. After this incident, he realized that India was in need for self-rule. Gandhi then organized large-scale non-violent campaigns for easing poverty, broadening women’s rights, religious harmony, and most importantly, self-rule.
While the statement is true and affirmative action has in fact opened many doors to African Americans it has also set many up for failure and has begun a path of separation again. People of colored skin have been singled out by rules and guidelines of companies for decades and yet the government still wants to call it fair. Is it really fair though? Is it fair to give a job to someone just because of the color of their skin? We are now separating people based off our assumptions of what someone can do and what someone cannot do.
Knowing this, Truman tried to do as much as he could to help such as desegregating the armed forces, the acts of fair employment in the civil service and the fair deal programme which included building houses in urban areas. However many of his attempts failed due to under funding, lack of support and poorly conceived housing. Ingrained racism wasn't stopped either as Truman was not comprehensive enough to deal with the racism that existed at all levels of American society. Nevertheless Truman did accomplish some change as due to his power in government he was able to appoint Blacks into important American roles, including Bunche as a UN ambassador and Hasie as a federal judge. This shows that Truman helped improve the status of black people by making people aware of the racist situations and showing how some black people can be put in a higher position and prove they're just as smart as other Americans.
They have hung on to that conviction despite being despised, condemned and punished for it. It takes a lot of courage to hold out against violence and killing when your family and friends are threatened and may themselves turn against you, when you face public hostility and hatred, when the leaders of your society are determined that war, not peace, is the right and heroic way forward, and when you are accused of being a coward and a traitor. The conscientious objectors who refused to fight in the First World War were courageous in this way. So in my opinion conscientious objectors were brave as they stood up to what they thought was right, killing other human
In his letter, King defended the peaceful demonstrations that he and the black communities across America were taking part in. He disproves that the uprising is untimely, saying that black people have waited for over 340 years for their rights (3), and that “freedom is never voluntarily given” (2). Being accused of breaking laws, King rebuts that the “parading without permit law” is an unjust law used to deny black citizens of their basic right to have peaceful assemblies(7). Similarly, the segregation laws are unjust laws used to oppress the black. He used the example of how everything Hitler did in Germany was legal yet what Hungarian freedom fighters did was not.
History Extended Essay The experience of African Americans during the Second World War was most definitely an important factor in the development of the Civil Rights Campaign after 1945, if not the most important. Civil rights before 1945 and the Second World War was present in America, though it was unorganised and seemingly ineffective. The black community did not have a driving force to get behind and there were other factors limiting cooperation such as the activity of the Ku Klux Klan. Blacks in America were seen as very much second class citizens, yet when the Second World War broke out, Black men enlisted immediately. Though despite their eagerness to defend their country, they received no respect from the US Military.
Without the push and leadership displayed from these leaders who dedicated their lives to ending the horrors of slavery, segregation and unfair treatment the United States of America would not be living a fair life of equality and privilege. These 3 civil rights leaders and activists changed the way black Americans were treated and gained respect and acknowledgement of their lifetime of struggle with the white society. The civil rights movement of 1964 changed the laws regarding black Americans but of course it is impossible to change everybody’s state of mind on the issue. So as of today the coloured people still are fighting for acceptance from some people and are still waiting for the day when they can have total acceptance, as Rosa Parks quotes “I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is any such thing as complete happiness. I think when you say you're happy, you have everything you need and everything you want, and nothing more to wish for.