`` Blood Done Sign My Name `` By Timothy B. Tyson

1409 Words6 Pages
Every American history class addresses the civil rights movement. Yet, author Timothy B. Tyson, in his novel Blood Done Sign My Name, specifically discusses the use of violence in this well-known movement. As a way to draw attention, many groups turn to acts of violence to attempt to rectify social injustice. Although violence may not directly change a negative situation, it indirectly helped the civil rights movement by drawing attention to the rising racial conflicts in Oxford, North Carolina, in hopes to find racial equality.
The American Civil Rights movement holds a reputation for being a peaceful revolution, based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s doctrines of nonviolent civil disobedience. Unfortunately, the general public has an incomplete view of Dr. King, and this carries over into an incorrect version of the civil rights movement. Most Americans know about King’s ideas and speeches on equality, human rights, and means of civil achievement. However, most remain unaware of his radical economic and political ideas, which are frequently over-looked. Tyson quotes King who said, “We are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society… We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power” (107). Tyson goes on to explain, “The radicalism of Dr. King’s thought, the militancy of his methods, and the rebuke that he offered to American capitalism have given way to depictions of a man
Get Access