The book that I am nominating for the NCTE Orbis Pictus Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for children is Ghettoside: A true story of Murder in America. I nominated this book based on four key factors accuracy, organization, design, and style. These factors were inspirational in creating a piece of literature that will amaze and inform its reading audience. Ghettoside was published January 15, 2015.
James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates are both passionate writers writing to their family members about racism going on the United States. James Baldwin’s Fire Next Time is a letter to his nephew about how bad America is during that time period, how being black affects his life, and how the white people do not understand their wrong doing. Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is a letter to his son about racial injustices in America, how the white people are not aware that they are doing wrong, and his personal dream. These two letters are similar in the message that they are trying to give to their relatives. However the letters are different because of their tones. Baldwin’s letter is sincere and calm while Ta-Nehisi Coates’s letter is more upfront and aggressive. I personally agree with Baldwin about how America can change for the better and in the right way. Baldwin’s and Coates’s letters are similar in the message they are trying to convey to their family members, different in their tones, and I agree with some of Baldwin’s statements.
Something interesting about the Baldwin and Wright, is that they ended up having a major conflict and it was a huge event in American literature. The conflict began when Baldwin, dismissed the fact that Wright took him under his wing when he first flew to Paris, and attacked his novel Native Son. Baldwin in his essay “Everybody’s Protest Novel” accused Wright of creating “one-dimensional” characters, who lacked humanity and were only built on their hatred or fear towards white people(Paris Noir 202). This attack on Wright, made Baldwin appear as if he was working with the U.S. to demolish Wright’s reputation as a writer. Needless to say, this was the turning point in their relationship. After Baldwin’s essay their relationship would never be the same.
The greatest problem that the society faces in the inner city black community is the interpersonal violence and aggression created by the troubled youth in their society. By simply living in this kind of violent, innocent people are affected by crimes such as burglaries, carnapping and drug related incident and shootings.
At the start of the movie, there are two of the many gangs in the five points prepping for a brawl to see who would control the five points. Amsterdam Vallon walks with his father, the leader of the Dead Rabbits Gang, to Paradise square where the brawl would take place. Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, the leader of the Bowery Boys, leads his gang to the square. The fight ensues Bill has eventually killed Priest Vallon which ensured that the Bowery boys would control five points. Amsterdam is sent away, he returns years later from prison. He wants revenge for his father’s death years earlier, he knows he has to defeat Bill from the inside so he joins Bill as his assistant. Amsterdam falls for smart thief Jenny. Amsterdam tries to kill Bill, but fails and is wounded by Bill. Jenny nurses him back to health. Amsterdam publicly announces his return to five points by hanging a dead rabbit in the square, Bill sends a gang member to investigate and is killed by Amsterdam and hung in the square. In vengeance, Bill beats Johnny and puts him on a pike in the square forcing Amsterdam to put down suffering Johnny. Amsterdam challenges Bill to a duel in the square just as a riot breaks out, and the military is sent in to control the rioters, Bill is wounded from cannon shrapnel. Amsterdam kills Bill, Amsterdam then leaves with Jenny and they move together to San Francisco.
One of the largest issues with our society today is racial profiling, it can cause people to immediately dislike one another based on how they look alone. Nobody gets to choose where or how they are born, but nobody sees it that way. Many people like Ronnie are immediately negative towards other races that have either done him or his ancestors wrong in the past.Yes, Americans have wronged many races and ethnic backgrounds in the past, but we aren’t in the past anymore. Our technology has advanced such an extreme amount in the last couple of centuries, why can’t our communities? This country has treated other races and cultures wrong and therefore other ethnic backgrounds don’t even give us a chance to make up for it; but honestly, can you blame
The movie “The Central Park Five” was a documentary film. It is talking about five young men were involved in a rape case. One white woman was raped and left for dead in the central park in 1989. Police officers arrested five fifteen years old suspects. The government did not have enough evidence to judge these five black men and Latino Americans; however, because of the racial discrimination, the justices judged them as guilty and sentenced them to jail about 9 to 15 years. After few months, Matias Reyes confessed to the rape case and the lab test also showed that the sperm was matched. The five teenagers were released after the suspect confessed his crime. Directors of the movie, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David Mcmahon, used
Paul Watt and Kevin Stenson, The Street: It’s a bit dodgy around there’ safety, danger, ethnicity and young people’s uses of public spaces, chapter 15 in Geographies of youth, youth cultures: Cool places The aim of this chapter is to question young people’s feelings and experiences when moving around a town in the South East of England. The town, named Thamestown by the authors. The area in which Thamestown is location, is described as a predominantly white, wealthy middle class area of the south east of England. Between June 1994 and July 1995 Watt, Stenson and other researchers investigated, how an ethnically mixed group of young people use public spaces in terms of danger and safety. Several key points arise in this chapter. Racial segregation
The jail in Garden City is in the same building as the courthouse. It is on the same floor as Wendle Meier, who is the assistant sheriff. His wife Josephine takes a liking to Perry because she thinks he is sweet and gentle, her husband who was on the scene of the crime, quickly corrects her. Perry corrects his earlier confession and says that he was the one who shot all four of the Clutters. The district attorney is trying to get the death penalty for them. Perry's sister and father do not come and visit him. He receives a letter from an old friend telling him that he wants to be friends again and expose him to Catholicism. Perry tells him that he does not believe in religion but he could use a friend. Dick seems very relaxed, he is smoking and reading, and planning an escape. Perry is still writing in his journal, he fantasizes about some men outside trying to come and break him out, they
Scene Description: This incident occurred inside of the residential property at 12140 76th St N. This property sits facing east towards 76th St N. The deceased was located in the office slouched to the left in a chair. See photographs for details
Throughout the book, there is a feeling of distrust with the narrators, because, like many others, they felt as if they had been betrayed and that the levees were not properly maintained. The authors back this theory with the 1924 incident when levees were blown up to flood the black neighborhoods, to save the predominately white ones. I do feel that instead of interviewing friends and relatives of co-author Keith Ferdinand, others should have been used to make it less of a personalized book for a group of individuals. I also feel that the authors should have provided the questions asked by the interviewer, leaving the book in it’s original transcription. For me personality, this was an excellent book and was an easy read, due to the fact that it flowed so well. You can place yourself in the shoes of each narrator and feel what they felt.as they went through this trying time in their life. The older narrators give the reader a lot of their lives and you really see their struggles to come up during a time of segregation and racism. These were educated individuals who came from average backgrounds. Through the eyes of the narrators you can visualize the neighborhoods they grew up in, you get a glimpse of what their family life was, and briefly go through Katrina with them. In the “Coming of Age” section you see life from the perspective of the youth in Katrina. Before Katrina these young men were plagued with a life of violence
On 04-10-2016 at 2123 hours I was dispatched to the area of Vine Street and 16th Street in reference to a suspicious subject.
When you mention New York to anyone, they automatically think about Times Square. This beautiful place with skyscrapers, Central Park, and a unique transportation system. However, if you were to ask me what I think about New York; I believe the skyscrapers block the sun, Central park is just a regular park for dogs, and the subway trains rarely run consistently especially in the mornings. I have lived in New York for 18 years, and I have yet to understand what everyone likes about the “ Big Red Apple.”