The concepts within the American Dream should alter to fit the changes of society. The breakthroughs and obstacles that America overcomes should shift the American Dream. Society may see the American Dream as a dangerous power causing them to be scared to challenge the concepts of the traditional American Dream. Will society become dysfunctional if someone challenges the American Dream or will it make our country stronger and more diverse? According to James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook: A Letter to My Nephew” African Americans cannot obtain their piece of the American Dream.
The philosophies of these men both vary greatly and the model nation they wanted was also different. MLK fought for equality for everyone and to end racial segregation. He wanted civil rights for everyone and for the Negros and whites to co-exist peacefully with one another. Malcolm X on the other hand, had a different viewpoint on the situation. He still wanted to end the racial segregation, but he never wanted coexistent afterwards.
In Charles Chesnutt’s story “The Wife of His Youth,” it illustrates the reality of what individuals of mixed races had to go through in order to fit in with society. From the beginning readers are presented with troubles African American’s had to face through racial division and inequality, along with a correlation between race and color. The main character in this story, Mr. Ryder, is a great representation of how a society can influence one’s beliefs and morals. In order to become apart of the Blue Vein society, Mr. Ryder had to leave his ethnic background behind him, so he could be accepted into a white community. The purpose of the Blue Vein Society, as Chesnutt described it, "was to establish and maintain correct social standards among
The neglect of Negro history is harmful to African Americans because it deprives the race from their whole heritage. The oppressors would do this to tarnish the African background in order to keep the African race inferior. Woodson writes, “In history, o... ... middle of paper ... ...426). The mistrust led to trying to shut down their own people’s businesses using the whites biased and teachings. Black businesses which were run by the uneducated were not supported because they were not adequate to run a business.
Because Blacks are stereotyped to be "uncivilized", whites have the "private fears to be projected onto the Negro." (96) Fear only promotes further racism, and the labyrinth of attitudes. He states that the problem with racial oppression will never be resolved unless the white man gives up his power. Baldwin states that "mirrors can only lie," because they only reflect the surface of people instead of revealing the deep truth.
Washington. Du Bois made distinct remarks towards how the differences in their upbringing impeded the sort of freedom of thought he was able to have, and showed contempt for his perceived allegiance with whites in their agreement that blacks were not equal, or as valuable to require such equality; this was evidenced in the way he limited his own endeavors in pursuit of higher education, and political and economic gains for all black people. Du Bois tomb was also formally connected with the evolution of black culture. It has been identified as a precursor of the social revolution, the inception of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P. ), and a vision for how to confront and defeat the ‘color-line’ issue facing black Americans.
Charles W. Chesnutt, an American author, wrote The Wife of His Youth, a short story first published in July 1898. Chesnutt was born in Cleveland to free parents. Also, he is known for realism, local color, and folk tales. Chesnutt writes African American characters that challenged racial stereotypes and enjoys exploring race, specifically, the troubles of mixed-race people and social tensions in the South. The Wife of His Youth is about a bi-racial man named Mr. Ryder, who was born before civil war.
DuBois criticized the, “here and now” approach, because his concern was with the future of the black and white world in which they lived. In Souls of Black Folk, DuBois mentions a veil that needs to be uncovered for blacks and whites to “come tenderly and cheerily into those sad little lives and brush the brooding hate away” (The Souls of Black Folks, 91). Removing such a veil would difficult, but with a proper education, DuBois believed one day someone would lift the it. What was a proper education? DuBois, unlike Washington, believed that proper education was with a higher education, and not an industrial one.
Comparing their lives provides a clue to the radical differences on the view of America later in their lives. Martin, who was born in ... ... middle of paper ... ...es as the source and responsible party for the suffering of blacks he was also angry with blacks for accepting the status quo of exploitation by the white hand. In his speech the “At the Audubon” as true with his "Grass Roots" speech, Malcolm's rhetoric was designed to inspire blacks to take charge of their own political destiny by reshaping their lives and rejecting their assigned role as sufferers. He states “Don’t register and vote — register! That’s intelligent.
The white society does not want blacks to be at the same level as them. They want blacks to be inferior to them as they were when they were subject to slavery because that is what they are used to. Whites do not like the change where blacks are free to decide their own life so they take action to create obstacles for blacks. In turn blacks fear this change to improve and decide their own life’s because of the consequences that would be imposed onto them for their decisions in life. For example, blacks feared getting educated because they would then be