Whether you discriminate against someone based on the way they dress, the size of their body, the type of vehicle they have, or the amount of money it their wallet. There is great regard to changing the behavior. Thoreau was passionate about anti-slavery and even composed anti- government essays in the 1840’s. Thoreau use his journals and writings to document important events in his life and they community he resided in. All stereotypes have roots in racism and have become so widely used to define different classes of people that we now find humor in them.
Flory suggests, that because racial (and other) minorities have often been denied the recognition and rights due them as full-fledged human beings, reflecting on their situation through engaging with black film characters can prompt a deeper, more philosophical sort of reflection. These films "may provoke us to think deeply about fundamental human questions, such as what it is to be a human being or what acknowledgement of another as a full-fledged person might involve" (Flory, 2008). It is in this respect that the two films can find commonalities worthy of discussion. Spike Lee presents the characters in Do the Right Thing as real people, in a neighborhood that could be one of many communities in New York and as such is relatable to urban viewers. Mookie, for example could resemble a typical person known by many.
CRASH Word Count 1,684 Crash Did you know that everyone is racist or prejudice at some point in their life? No matter how much you try to deny that fact, there is still racism and prejudice among everyone in society. Even if it is not displayed all the time it is either in your subconscious or only expressed under circumstances of threat or fear. This can all be view in a very moving video called “Crash”. The movie “Crash” does a great job of showing how racism can affect everyone differently and how it can be displayed in different forms from all types of people.
Ethnic Notions The film Ethnic Notions showed the harsh realities of racism in America from as far back as slavery to the civil rights era as it pertained to oppression. Oppression in its most basic form is “to exercise harsh dominion over, to be weighed down” per the dictionary. However, this is at the physical level, but as Sandra Lee Bartky expresses there is a psychological oppression which has the same weighing down on the mind. There is also the oppression that comes from the stereotyping as well as sexual objectification. These ideas were clearly demonstrated in the film.
Homophobia, Masculinity, and the Black Arts Movement Upon analysis of the Black Arts Movement and the literature that was produced during this time period had an unorthodox rhetoric that few authors used. Some of the contributors of the Black Arts Movement employed bigotry ideology toward homosexuals. Ultimately, this strategy can be interpreted as an attempt to portray a hyper-masculine mentality. There are several pieces of literature that are prejudice toward homosexuals and other groups. These homophobic elements that were used in numerous writings attempted to stage a sense of militancy for the Black Arts Movement and gain a sense of “credibility” among the followers.
King’s peaceful methods, and advocated for violence if necessary, it was surely Malcolm X. It was his belief that African Americans should pursue the advancement of their rights and eventual equality by any means necessary. This seeming justification of violence is often scrutinized for what it brings about, which often times is pain and suffering. Similar to King, Malcolm saw the denial of civil rights as morally and ethically intolerable. He often spoke about the violence of racism, and frequently cited examples, which ranged from attacks from police dogs and their club-equipped guards, to being washed down by high-pressured water hoses in broad daylight.
Shipler in his essay “Jefferson Is America and America Is Jefferson,” Jefferson represents the most powerful contradiction of American society, because his declaration of individual liberty showed the brilliance of his extraordinary mind but also he claims that black people are inferior. Shipler considers that Jefferson had a deep understanding but at the same time he was such an ignorant person about what was happen, at that time concerning liberty and slavery. Slavery was a contradictory subject in Jefferson’s life. Although he was a defender for individual freedom and at one point he was against of slavery in America, but he owned slaves throughout his life. He was a politician that would speak out about slavery but would still employ slaves for his own use.
But they were black.". By constantly trying to live off of hustling, Malcolm saw just how bad the situation was for his fellow African Americans. He experienced it first hand, how people can act like animals or savages, trying to take advantage of whatever they can take advantage for legally or illegally, and how people can resort to these acts due to the lack of opportunities that they should have. But Malcolm would not realize the importance of this part of his life until later
One reason Tatum used to explain why it is profitable to speak about racism and encourage others to break the silence is that, “unchallenged personal, cultural, and institutional racism results in the loss of human potential, lowered productivity, and a rising tide of fear and violence in our society” (pg. 200). When reading the chapter, Embracing a Cross-Racial Dialogue, I noticed one question showing up continuously when discussing breaking the silence of racism. If I don't do it, who will? This question really stood out to me for a few reasons.
The media’s influence on racism has greatly affected blacks among other races. Negative portrayals of blacks in the media have hindered growth among the black community in many ways. The relationship between blacks and other races has been sacrificed because of stereotypes in the media. Although it is often joked about, racism in America is a serious issue and all too often the media plays a role in creating negative prejudice against certain races. These prejudices cause a disconnect among blacks and other races as shown in YouTube sensation Chescaliegh’s video skit Sh*t White Girls Say.. To Black Girls, as she asks, her new found black friend, “…wait is that