Paulo Chavez 's ' The Mis Education Of The Negro ' And Michelle Alexander 's The New Jim Crow

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Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Carter G. Woodson’s The Mis-Education of the Negro, and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow all have arguments that coincide with one another and are very similar. They focus on oppression and how the oppressed must contribute to the change that must happen in order for them to evolve from being oppressed, the contribution of African Americans in changing the way that society views their cultural roles in the past, as well as the rebirth of the caste-like system in our country that has caused the incarceration of African Americans and then subjected to second-class status. Paulo Freire stresses in chapter one, that people towards each other, and towards themselves, should exhibit the abilities of humanity. These abilities include empathy, liberty, and honesty. Freire states that humanization can only be recognized once dehumanization is recognized- when the humanity of a person is stripped away from them, causing them to be oppressed. Freire is able to identify with the oppressors, however, in knowing that they themselves are dehumanized through an unfair stability that provokes violence in oppressors, (44). In this chapter, it is argued that the oppressed do not do anything to change the situation they are in and that in order for humanity to be restored for both the oppressors and the oppressed, it is necessary for the oppressed to transform their situation, while not developing the ways of the oppressor. It is difficult to

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