Analysis Of Not An Elegy For Mike Brown

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counted, I count the holes they leave. (Smith 34) It shows that every time there would be always an incident where blacks are the victim and some of them die without committing justice. Moreover, an example that I would analyze is “Not an elegy for Mike Brown.” Smith states: “You get when you are looking at your child, turn your head, then, poof, no more child. That feeling that’s black.” (Smith 21) It explains that the incident that blacks experiencing are also passed down to their children because people will also judge them as one of ordinary blacks where people judge their skin color. It also shows that blacks are always experiencing the same pain over and over again as a child and as they grow old. In “Citizen” and “Black Movie” discusses…show more content…
Even though they are innocent, blacks still get arrested in the most part of cases. The difference between these two authors are how they portray the messages of racism where Rankine shows it through images and artwork while Smith shows it through deep and powerful poems. For example, Rankine shows an image of “stop-and-frisk” policy where it shows that cops still stopped and questioned blacks even though they are not doing anything wrong. The reason why the cops stopped them is because of their skin color and the cops think that blacks always do suspicious things. All these African Americans are always the victims of suspicious crimes as it shows in the images. In addition, Smith expresses his emotions through poems, such as A History of Violence in the Hood, Dear White America and Dinosaurs in the Hood. In “A History of Violence in the Hood,” Smith writes: “& the preview just keeps repeating over & over.” It shows that history of violence for these African Americans never stop and the cycle keeps continuing where they always get arrested and questioned. In the end, they are always seen as a dangerous person and these people do not commit justice and fair treatment because of how the society treats them. In “Dear White America, “ Smith states: “I…show more content…
According to the article of “Racism and denial of racism: Dealing with the academy and the field” by Greenhill and Marshall, they state that racism is still part of our life and in society because of the history and the ongoing incidents. They state residents ' group singing of Stephen Foster 's "Old Black Joe" at a retirement home in Altona, Manitoba, on December 31, 2009: “ Where are the hearts once so happy and so free? The children so dear that I held upon my knee, Gone to the shore where my soul has longed to go. I hear their gentle voices calling “Old Black Joe.” (Greenhill and Marshall 12) This song indicates that where is the society that we are longing for where people are free and happy to do things without fear, injustice and bad vibes with each other. It shows reminiscing where people have freedom, equality and justice without stepping down one’s dignity. In the poem of “From Summer, Somewhere” by Danez Smith, Smith writes: “You are not welcome here. Trust the trip will kill you. go home. we earned this paradise by a death we didn’t deserve.” (Smith) This shows that blacks are not welcome in this society because of the past histories and ongoing issues that are related to them and all of these injustices that their brothers did not commit are insane and their brothers do not deserve it.

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