Movies and entertainment outlets speak volumes about the current state of a nation’s culture. Cinematic creations in the United States allow small voices to be heard and controversial issues to be addressed. However, a repetitive and monumental issue continues to be addressed, yet continues to persist in our 21st century culture, racial inequalities. Since the inception of the United States, black men and women alike have been disenfranchised at the hands of the “white man” in America. Instead of continuing the conversation today, the issue is continually silenced referencing the successes and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century. Nonetheless, an unfortunate reality looms upon this great land; racially based systems and structures continue to exist in 2015 the in United States. This paper synthesizes three films focused on racial inequalities in different time periods. Separate but Equal (1991), Selma (2015), and Crash (2005) illustrate how influential the Civil War amendments are, while serving as an uncanny reminder of how the racial prejudices during the 20th century continue to exist in our great nation today. Needless to say our nation has made great strides, but still has a long way to go.
In times of war and conflict nations turn to their leaders to guide them and provide an example for their people. FDR is a well known historical figure who was a pillar of strength for the American people during the second world war. In his Day of Infamy speech, FDR tells the American people what they can do after their country has been attacked. In contrast, BH is a leader who has been forgotten by history, he fought for his people and was defeated. In his surrender speech he shows his people that their honor isn't lost because of defeat, These two addresses share their military context but differ in the purposes of the people giving them.
Alexander H. Stephen, in the ‘Cornerstone Speech’, firmly stated that, the Confederacy was basically on racial inequality and slavery. He clearly outlined the existing differences between the new nation and the American United States. Stephen made it clear that, the Confederacy of the cornerstone was not primarily of chattel slavery, but the black people subordination benefited the white people. Thus, he tied slavery to race. Confederacy was the origin of the era of apartheid in South Africa. Stephen made declarations that the new government was founded on the great truth , that the negro was not equal on the side of the white people and that, slavery which was to be a subordination to the white race which was superior, was a normal and a natural condition. Stephen criticized the claims of the northern that, African enslavement was a law violation nature and that it was a wrong principle, morally, politically and socially. He clearly put across that his new government had an idea which was exactly different from the northern claims. He argued that, it was a kind of insanity to believe that the Negro will be equal between the white and black people and also that, enslaving the blacks was wrong. He made predictions that, the Confederate constitution has settled all the questions relating to the African slavery which existed among the white people. Stephen’s arguments led to the outbreak of the civil war in 1865 (The Teaching AmericanHistory.org, 2017).
The date is June 6th, 1984, and American President Ronald Reagan stands solemnly before a massive stone monument on what he calls "a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France." On this historic day, the President of the United States stands solemnly before a small crowd of some of the bravest men living. The men assembled before him know these cliffs well. These are the Rangers who scaled the cliffs 40 years ago to do more than win the cliffs on the shores of Normandy. These are the Rangers who began the retaking of the entirety of Europe from Axis Control. That was 40 years ago, now only 90 of the original 225 sit before him now. All that can be heard are the crash of the waves on beach below and the occasional cry of a seagull
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County. Kentucky. He comes from a family that was neither wealthy of well recognized. Despite this, he had a longing for knowledge and worked very hard to be successful in his studies. His determination led him to become a self-trained lawyer who worked for the Illinois court circuit. Many people that worked around him witnessed his determination and capacity for hard work. Lincoln became a respected member of the Illinois legal circuit and his reputation gained him the nickname “Honest Abe.” As a lawyer, Lincoln developed the ability to thick quickly and debate on public issues, which encouraged him to begin his life in politics. In the year 1847, Lincoln
The evolution of musical theater in America can be viewed through many lenses. Through the lens of hindsight, it is easy to reflect on the treatment and portrayal of African-Americans in the contextual fruition of live entertainment in the United States. Dating back to the later half to the nineteenth and into the early twentieth century, ethnic representation in musical theater underwent a gradual change paralleling a shift in societal opinion toward racial equality. Though by today’s standards, its depiction of African-Americans may seem archaic at best, Show Boat changed the way audiences viewed musical theater through its success as the first show to deal with racial issues in the United States.
John Lewis, now a US representative for Georgia, was an activist in the civil rights movement at the time of this speech. Lewis has been involved in politics for quite some time. He was one of the leaders that organized the March on Washington in 1963. All of this leads to the speech he gave on August 28th, 1963. When giving this speech, it is clear that he has the confidence of a strong leader. The larger underlying occasion in this speech, in other words, what is going on in the world that caused Lewis to give this speech, was the civil rights movement. At this time, the African Americans in America were protesting against the government in order to gain the rights they deserved. The immediate occasion, in this case, would, in fact, be
A convocation is a special gathering of a group of individuals formally assembled for a special purpose. North Carolina A&T’s Fall Convocation was an assembling for academic and athletic recognition that brought great encouragement. The great speaker gave vital information regarding tactics to push toward success for students and teachers. Dr. Anthony Graham’s great motto, “Keep your hand in the plow, hold on,” is very impactful and has great meaning, encouraging you to reach your set goals.
Cole Jackson period 7 The time of sunshine or summer soldiers is now coming to an end as the colonies enter a time of action needed un order to continue this fight for independence against the British. During the time period, British government had been taxing the colonies for breathing practically. Colonists just withstood an eight-month winter toil in which they were unable to strike or fight back. Thomas Paine, seeing the ripe opportunity for action, called on colonists to form and build a militia to prove a point to the British and how serious colonists are about freedom. However, many people feared the idea of a militia as they felt this was a too bold and harsh decision to go against the British army. Throughout Crisis No. 1, Paine connects
Staging Race is a book that focuses on black performers between 1890 and World War I. During this time period blacks were dealing with many social events which included: the Jim Crow segregation, the Niagara Movement, and heightened racial tension. The goal of this book is to show the way that black performers were able to use public entertainment to present their political ideas and use them to appeal to the white audience and at the same time entertain and educate the black people in the balcony seats.
May it please the court? The founding fathers built this country upon not only the foundation of Freedom of Religion but, also upon the laws that government can not make laws establishing a religion as head of the country. Under this First Amendment protection all human kind can practice any religion of their choice without the invasion of government and/or community action just as all humans can also choose to not practice any religion at all. This is one so case; Mr. and Mrs. Roes attended their sons high school graduation on June 5, 2014 during which a speech was given by Ms. Abernathy the speech was said as follows “And so I invite you to pray with me. Father, son, and Holy Spirit… you are a wise God, oh lord, as evidenced even in the plan of redemption that is
Just a few hours before workers removed a statue of a general on the confederate side General Robert E. Lee, the fourth statue in recent week to be removed depicting various people on the confederate side- Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave an address on the topic of the removals at Gallier Hall. In his address Mayor Landrieu shares his reasoning with the audience and with the world for the removals of the statues. Mayor Landrieu begins his speech by affectionately talking about the diversity in the city of New Orleans referring to it as, “a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures.” Through the speech he addresses issues not only with the statues but with New Orleans itself. He states that in the time of slavery, New Orleans was one of the
In his inaugural address on August 9th, 1974, President Gerald Ford assured the nation “our long national nightmare is over.” He may have spoken too soon. The early 1970s were a bleak time for black America. So much hope had died with the assassination of Martin Luther King. When Malcolm X was, in turn, shot dead, the leadership of the struggle for equality was seized by the paramilitary Black Panthers, and violence became its hallmark. There were riots in cities across the United States and brutal encounters with the police. Much has been written about the state of the nation in the 70’s, how bleak and desperate things were, but something extraordinary came out of the fire, music. The music of New York City during this time
social class. Furthermore, many people had suffered as an American and a Negro with the double dislocation of identity and nonidentity living their life through the burden of racial prejudice. Krasner declares that “Parody of racism and the sense of double consciousness in African American life, surface repeatedly in the lyrics of black songs” (320). Thus, we see and hear these lyrics in various musicals in the play, where it deepens the understanding of the music that helps us better understand the message, story, feelings and actions of the characters, which creates meaning to the audience. These songs were sang by the colored people in the musical because it expressed their viewpoint and race. It emphasized the complexity of the positions that black writers and performers had faced to develop their work. We understand the struggles that African American people faced through the words, voice, tone of the black music that expressed the conflict of the colored people. However, Krass states that “White audiences may have found the African American dialect amusing” (320). Altogether, due to these problems about race many black performers used the artful and aesthetic use of parody and double consciousness in song lyrics to express the struggle against the dehumanizing effects of racism that many African American faced. The songs were a way that many people colored people were able to raise awareness and address their issues and concerns that greatly affected them in the
On the Social and Cultural Themes Found in Run-DMC’s “It’s Like That” Music is one of the most influential and relevant forms of “cultural time travel” humans have created; not only does it allow individuals to experience times beyond their own, but it also provides a medium through which groups of people can voice their experiences and struggles to an audience that would not necessarily be able to witness the situation first-hand. A popular example of this can be found in blues music, a genre of music that appeared after the American Civil War and into the Reconstruction period. The black community in America during the latter parts of the 1800s used blues as a way to communicate their fear of death at the hands of the lynch mobs and white