"Stranger in the Village" by James Baldwin

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The Civil Rights Movement that began in the late 1950's was a struggle to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to primarily African American citizens of the United States. In the end, African-Americans won basic rights long denied to them, as well as inspired other discriminated groups to fight for their own rights, which had a deep effect on American society. Many blacks took part in this movement, whether it was through protesting or holding demonstrations. However, some blacks used writing as a means of contributing. James Baldwin published Stranger in the Village as a means of expressing his views of African-American racism. As a result, their efforts helped set the foundation for equal rights among blacks for generations…show more content…
One can say that life today is more pleasant than that of the 1950s. However, it is crucial to note that racism is far from eliminated in society. Although the major step of equal rights has been set, judgment of people based on the color of their skin still exists. An example of such views may come across when applying for a job. If a black person with lower credentials than that of a white person who applied for the same job as the white person, then the white person would most likely get the job because of his/her better credentials. The black person would then scream racism because they cannot accept the fact that their shortcomings was the cause of them not receiving the job. Another example of racism would be in the movie "Crash". In one scene, a white couple had just been threatened at gunpoint by two black men and had their car stolen. They return home and immediately change the lock on the doors as a means of feeling safe. The wife insists on changing the locks again in the morning, but the husband refuses, saying there is no point. An argument ensues and eventually, it is revealed the reason she wanted the locks changed was because the person changing the locks at the moment is perceived as a gangster due to his shaved head and tattoos across his back. The wife was afraid that the
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