Improvement In Race Relations - 704 words
Race relations in the United States are much better now than they were when Toni Morrison wrote A Slow Walk of Trees 25 years ago. The United States prides itself in being considered the most diverse country in the planet. Living in Los Angeles, California, one of the biggest metropolitan cities in our country, I have the opportunity of seeing different races every day. Our cultural melting pot of a country has evolved so much from the mid-1970s, that interracial marriages, minority executives, celebrities and athletes are all now commonplace in our society. It is also not unheard of to see many minorities living in prominent neighborhoods.. There are still many racial stereotypes in our cou ...
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Fear, Violence, And Race Relations In Post-reconstruction South - 1,474 words
The failure of Reconstruction in the South in the late 1800s led to a specific mentality felt throughout society. Black inferiority was not to be questioned or contested. Fear was constantly haunting the minds of African-Americans and all aspects of their lives. Violence was used for power and control both by the blacks and whites, and became a dominant aspect of Southern lifestyle. The relationships between blacks and whites in post-Reconstruction South were defined by the roles fear and violence came to play in society. The institution of slavery became an issue of race, whites above blacks, a social role that was not to be violated. While enslaved black men, women, and children endured a ...
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Cival Rights Act 1964 - 1,990 words
When the Government Stood Up For Civil Rights "All my life I've been sick and tired, and now I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired. No one can honestly say Negroes are satisfied. We've only been patient, but how much more patience can we have?" Mrs. Hamer said these words in 1964, a month and a day before the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. She speaks for the mood of a race, a race that for centuries has built the nation of America, literally, with blood, sweat, and passive acceptance. She speaks for black Americans who have been second class citizens in their own home too long. She speaks for the race that would be patient ...
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Entrepreneurial Adventure - 2,294 words
... attern of systematic development also characterized American agriculture. In the year 1879, 74 percent of the American labor force worked on farms (Bolino, 34). The figure today is under 2 percent (Bolino, 34). There were some prosperous tobacco plantations in Virginia and Maryland, but most farmers and their families, which is to say most Americans, grew crops primarily for their own consumption. They had already started to barter with each other, and to buy and sell produce in significant quantities. So some specialization had begun. This shift in farming patterns was the real beginning of American capitalism on a broad scale, at least outside the major commercial cities of the eastern ...
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Managing Diversity - 1,569 words
... (Rowe 79). A comprehensive 1993 study of U.S. workers' attitudes bears out Rowe's assertions. The first installment of a planned quadrennial survey, the privately funded National Study of the Changing Workforce found that perceptions of discrimination take a heavy toll on job performance. More than one-fifth of minority workers reported they had been discriminated against by their current employers. Those beliefs correlated with a higher tendency to feel "burned out," a reduced willingness to take initiative on the job and a greater likelihood of planning to change jobs. (NSCW 1993). From an external perspective, a diverse workforce can also provide a distinct competitive advantage for a ...
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Underlying Themes In The Works Of James A Michener - 1,850 words
James A. Michener is often regarded as a literary outsider. Despite his vast works that have sold millions of copies and delighted readers everywhere, his blunt approach to literature has brought him much criticism. Despite his lack of many literary vehicles to convey his ideas, his works do contain several universal and underlying themes. These themes can often be applied to our lives and thought processes to benefit us for the better. One of Micheners most apparent and perennial underlying themes is on the issue of race. As literary critic Pearl K. Bell has said, He [Michener] tries to improve their [the readers] hearts by exposing the torment and destruction caused by racial intolerance ( ...
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Langston Hughes - 1,294 words
Langston Hughes is considered by many readers to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century. He is described as ...the beloved author of poems steeped in the richness of African American culture, poems that exude Hughess affection for black Americans across all divisions of region, class, and gender. (Rampersad 3) His writing was both depressing and uplifting at times. His poetry, spanning five decades from 1926 to 1967, reflected the changing black experience in America, from the Harlem Renaissance to the turbulent sixties. At the beginning of his career, he was surrounded by the Harlem Renaissance. New York City in the 1920s was a place of immense growth and richness in Af ...
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The Drug Debate - 945 words
For over twenty years the drug debate has been argued over and over. The drug war in the United States has been historically seen as a costly, yet necessary component of public policy; a policy that has been under substantial political fire for years. As we enter a new century, many are reconsidering their feelings towards the drug war. Critics cite the billions of dollars spent every year as well as the overflowing prison problem as reasons to cut back, and even legalize some or all recreational drugs. Those who are in favor of the war on drugs encourage its funding and continuation because of the perceived link between drugs and crime, and the detrimental health effects and medical economi ...
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Alice Walker Review - 904 words
Alice Walker, in a short story called Advancing Luna- and Ida B. Wells, reflects back on her life to a friendship she had with a white girl in the sixties. She does so in a approach to which she justifies herself and her actions with still a sense of uncertainty. Through her language and descriptions it is clear that Walker is still struggling with the structure to which this friendship relied. She tells of her relationship with Luna in a state of confusion, searching for answers and yearning for closure. While reading Walkers piece I felt an immediate connection. It was the end of the second paragraph that caught my attention most abruptly. Walker wrote, she assumed of course (I guess) that ...
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Malcolm X - 1,108 words
... ight to use violence against violence. Malcolm said, its smarter to say youre going to shoot a man for what his is doing to you than because he is white. [Malcolm x speaks, 213] If you shoot a man because he is white and not because of his actions, then you are going to be on the white racists level. White racist attacked black people indiscriminately, for trying to secure civil rights, and this was immoral. Malcolm did not want emulate the white mans actions. Malcolm continued to promote armed defense against white injustice, throughout his whole life. Malcolm X changed during the last two chaotic years of his life, his break with Elijhah Muhammad and the black Muslims, and his comments ...
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Police Abuse Misc - 3,130 words
... le Civics p.1 Police Abuse In recent years, police actions, particularly police abuse, has come into view of a wide, public and critical eye. While citizens worry about protecting themselves from criminals, it has now been shown that they must also keep a watchful eye on those who are supposed to protect and serve. This paper will discuss the types of police abuse prevalent today, including the use of firearms and receipt of private information. I will also discuss what and how citizens' rights are taken advantage of by police. For these problems, solutions will be discussed, focusing on political reform, education, and citizen review boards. These measures are necessary to protect ourse ...
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Lincoln - 1,086 words
In Mexico City there is a mural by Diego Rivera which depicts Hernando Cortez as a one-eyed syphilitic hunchback. What this lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for by faithfully reflecting the artist's attitude toward the conquistadors. We are repeatedly told on public television that Lincoln was a clearly heroic figure. If heroism is measured by the size of the pile of corpses a man leaves behind, this is correct. We must not let our emotions deprive us of objectivity. Lincoln was neither one-eyed, hunchbacked nor syphilitic but on the other hand, he never deserved the name of "Honest Abe". Like some other politicians, maybe all politicians, he spoke with a forked tongue. Lincoln came ...
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The Unfinished Dream - 677 words
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was a magnificent man. He was a disciple for justice, an apostle for peace. He was a man with a grand dream. He dreamed of a society where every man was treated equally, despite the color of his skin. Reverend King dedicated his life to improving the quality of living for African-Americans. He heroically and serenely led the Civil Rights Movement. Doctor Kings philosophy was nonviolence. Although he and his followers were called derogatory names, sprayed with fire hoses, attacked by vicious dogs, and even jailed, Dr. King never resorted to combativeness. He protested peacefully and effectively paved the way for change! Annette Rottenberg pays tribute to Dr. Ki ...
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Psychology - 1,435 words
Analytical Paper on Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing Director and actor Spike Lee presents his "truth" about race relations in his movie Do the Right Thing. The film exhibits the spectacle of black discrimination and racial altercations. Through serious, angry, and loud sounds, Lee stays true to the ethnicity of his characters, all of which reflect their own individualism. Lee uses insulting diction and intense scenes to show how severe racism can lead to violence. The biases reflected through Do the Right Thing model those of today which has kept society in a constant feud for so long. In Oprah Winfrey's dynamic episode, "The Color of Fear", Mr. Mun Wah projects his strong opinion when he sta ...
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Black Rage Historical Study - 5,188 words
Thesis Statement: Throughout the history of the United States, as seen through an analysis of African-American literature and rhetoric, black rage has not only existed, but has grown. As the momentum toward equality is clearly evident in the black races struggle, the question of where (or when) this rage will subside (if ever) remains unanswered. In examining black rage, four distinct periods of American history should be considered: slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, and contemporary America. 1. Throughout African-American history, a presence of black rage is identifiable through both African-American literature and rhetoric. 2. This rage has emanated from a state o ...
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Black Rage Historical Study - 5,286 words
... means, and the organization for militant mass-resistance. Expressing an any-means-necessary mind set, Stokely Carmichael proclaims, Were going to organize our way. The question is how were going to facilitate those matters, whether its going to be done with a thousand police men and submachine guns, or whether its going to be in a context where its allowed by white people. (41) Regardless of the means, RAGE will be heard. As Carmichael points out, white resistance, in most cases, will determine where and to what extent rage will lead. The struggle for social power between white and black America was brought to a head during the Civil Rights Era. Williams explains, The oppressors heart i ...
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Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
It is not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good...What kind of laws for free men can you expect from that? ...Christ was crucified.... Captain Brown was hung. These are two ends of a chain, which is not missing its links. What is this link in the chain of lifes history? It is discontent with unjust laws - cruel and unjust laws enforced by no less cruel and unjust men. But, men through the ages have made known what kind of government commands the respect of freedom loving people. Thoreau wrote in his essay, Civil Disobedience that all men recognize ...
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Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
... he Ten Commandments and the teaching of Jesus held men in bondage as chattel. Great men arose in the defense of the slaves, John Brown being on of them. The United States of America was formed on the principles of separation of power and liberty and equality. Yet the white Christians only meant liberty and equality for the whites. During the American Revolution, Thomas Paine said, Give me liberty or give me death. He was applauded and deemed a hero; yet when the Black chattels or an abolitionist such as John Brown cried the same for freedom of the slaves they were called insane and charged with insurrection and treason. John Anthony Copeland a Black slave hanged along with Brown said, If ...
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Racism In The Past Present And Future - 439 words
By Archana Ganapathi One of the major issues of the past and present is race relations. Racism has affected the lives of many people from various countries. In the past, there has been a lot of racial tension between the non-whites and the whites. For example, the blacks were not allowed to go to the same public parks or churches that the whites went to. The non-white workers were treated like possessions rather than Even in other parts of the world, such as Germany, there was racism during the tortured and incinerated to death in concentration camps. All this suffering, in those days split the Nazis from the Jews which resulted in war. This war, Today, racial discrimination still exists. It ...
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Langston Hughes - 1,535 words
Langston Hughes was one of the most original and versatile black writers of twentieth-century Langston Hughes, I never realizing the monumental literary portfolio that he produced. His accomplishments are well represented through his poetry, fiction, and drama. Born in Joplin, Missouri, to James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes, he was reared for a time by his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas after his parents' divorce. By his twelfth birthday he had lived in several major cities, following his mother as she was always on the move searching for a better job. Influenced by the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Carl Sandburg, he began writing creatively while still a boy. After his ...
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