Truth Exposed in An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man William Apes, in his essay "An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man," argues that to profess Christianity and still distinguish between races is a hypocrisy not supported by the Bible. In the first part of his essay Apes asks several questions such as why, if God loves white people so much, did he create fifteen colored people for every white one; and of all the races, who has committed the most heinous crimes? He goes on to emphasize that neither Jesus nor his disciples were white skinned. He also questions the white person's right to control Native Americans. Apes asks his predominately white, Christian audience to reexamine their own prejudices and concludes his essay pleading "pray you not stop till this tree of distinction shall be leveled to the earth, and the mantle of prejudice torn from every American heart--then peace shall pervade the Union."
I believe that what he taught was teaching hatred. I also believe that he set the civil rights movement back because he "un-did" everything Mr. King stood for and did. I also disagree with his idea of usage of violence because I don't believe it solves or is the answer to anything. Finally, I believe his ideas towards white men being "devils" and "evil" seem to be unjustified. I say unjustified because many white men tried to join both the OAAU and the Nation of Islam, were denied.
It must be astonishing to a lot of white Bush supporters to learn that the horrible conditions in Iraq would only be made worse when a foreign country whose leader represents Christian ideals (which aren’t the prevailing consensus in Iraq), believes that Iraqis people need another conflicting force in a country ravaged by extreme racism. Because of the racialized moral psychology created by the racial contract, white people are ironically often unable to see race and racism. Although Mills does not make use of psychoanalysis, his work suggests both how and why psychoanalytic theory can be of help to critical race theory’s project of examining race for the purpose of challenging racism and white privilege. While the white cognitive dysfunction described by Mills sometimes operates preconsciously, his concept of the epistemology of ignorance also points to the vast pools of human thought inaccessible to consciousness, and thus unconscious. This refers not to a mere gap or empty space; rather, it is something that is actively, dynamically produced, and which stubbornly maintains its existence.
He creates irony within their practice by speculating that Jesus Christ was of a darker complexion. He argues men cannot label themselves Christian, and continue to dehumanize Native Americans; which ultimately contradicts Christian ethics. This sermon engages the reader to sympathize for Native Americans and acts as sort of a “message” to the white men. It points out the hypocrisy in the Christian faith during the 1830’s. Apess successfully supports his claims by adding references to the bible and his vast knowledge in religion.
Republicans said that the entire race should be exterminated because they were a hindrance to their party, the white man’s party (Fredrickson, 1981). Even more, in Fredrickson’s work, Reconstruction, in the sense of rebuilding the south and allowing African Americans to join in with white society, was considered an attempt to overthrow the white man’s government as a whole (1981). Despite the white men’s racist attitudes, the freed people still had, and deserved, certain rights that they were ultimately denied (Fredrickson, 1981). Still true today, races, like individuals, may have differed in their capacities during Reconstruction, but this should not have affected the freed black man’s fundamental rights. Once again, white Americans knew that like education, political involvement would have helped the freed African Americans enter into what they felt was only their society.
Affirmative action legalizes discrimination (Steele 1990, 39). "I thought discrimination was illegal in this country (Buchanan 1995, 1)." Also, if this discrimination continues racism in the United States may become worse. Imagine what you would feel like if you couldn't get a job just because you are a white man and not a hispanic man. The racism will become worse because of it, and that is the very thing it is trying to prevent.
Jeremiah Wright, best known for his incendiary racial remarks against whites that, once public, forced President Obama to denounce him. Given the narrative perpetuated by President Obama that he himself transcends race and can look past such issues, it is curious to see him associating with someone so racially divisive and wholly against the values and virtues President Obama champions during his campaigns. To say that it raises a val... ... middle of paper ... ...ess must necessarily produce one result: racial divisiveness. Harmony cannot be an output of this function because it was never an input to begin with, in the same way that two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s important to understand what brought us to this point, but until we shift our focus from that to what we need to do to escape this grim reality, we will go nowhere.
Instead of freeing the community from discrimination between Blacks and Whites, the Bible supported the existence of racial barriers by teaching one should behave. Realizing the hypprocarcy involved with Christianity, the author broke away from the congressional church, to search his own way of liberating the society. Baldwin emphasizes that liberation is love, and "love is more important than color." (71) The author states that fear creates the need for power. The Nation of Islam was fearful of the Whites dominating over the Blacks.
The reason his rallies would turn violent is because white people felt offended that colored people thought they deserved to be treated equally. Martin Luther King Jr. agrees whole heartedly that violent tension between whites and colored people would get nothing done. But with out “nonviolent tension” the civil rights movement would have gone nowhere. There needed to be a tension in order for white people to face the truth of the unjust laws that colored people had to live
Joe Messerli states, “the government cannot start making laws just because a religion says they should. What’s next, should we make taking the Lord’s name in vain a criminal activity because Christians consider it a breaking of a commandment.” Almost every religion in the world considers homosexuality unacceptable. It is offensive to most people and a put-down to religious freedom that people have to recognize a relationship they consider sinful. Laws stated in the Bible developed into the legal system in the United States. But, why should others care about gay marriage?