Many people were assuming Obama won because he got what they called the "black vote" which is sad to hear because that means people think Obama was elected solely based on the color of his skin instead of his thoughts on how to change our country and make it a "More Perfect Union”. Although Racism does still exist in our world today, it has decreased drastically. African Americans do face a high percentage of discrimination. We can eliminate and remove racism by treating everyone by the same standards. The primary goal is to make the people of our country more aware of the racial issues in our world and give ideas on how to fix.
In Malcom X’s speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” He declares that 1964 is the year of the ballot or the bullet, “liberty or death.” His main purpose of using aggressive language was to unite the African Americans in their civil rights battle against the government that was lead mainly by a white majority. He wanted to convince them that they could have more power as long as they all unite. They would have the power to put a president in the White House, the power to control their communities, and the power to get the freedom that has been denied to them. Malcolm X mentions in his speech that there are two ways that the “Afro-Americans” can get their freedom. Either the “white man” can give it to them, or they can take their freedom through a bloody revolution.
Dr. King was inspired by Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” theories and reasoning on injustice with unjust laws that action must be taken in order for change to occur. Dr. King in today’s society would be proud with how our society is now a color-blind society, but would be disappointed that the programs that once promoted integration of race is now a program that promotes segregation. Thoreau and Dr. King shared the same concern regarding the inequalities that African American endured. The only difference was that Thoreau lived before the civil war and slavery was legal. Thoreau defines the government as a well oil machine and while “injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government”, (Thoreau pg.185) Furthermore, Thoreau says that if the government “is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” (Thoreau pg.185) Thoreau is stating that if the government is creating ... ... middle of paper ... ...qualification.
Affirmative action policies were instituted not only to ensure diversity, but to right the wrong of decades of discrimination and to help minorities by giving them extra opportunities (Messerli). The policies were created after the Civil War when slavery was finally abolished. The term was first mentioned by President Kenne... ... middle of paper ... ...prejudice when it’s truly all in their head and the only ones stopping them are themselves. Racial prejudice is not what’s stopping blacks from thriving, it’s a multitude of things that African Americans bring on themselves. According to Charles Canady, crime, substandard academic performance, and out-of-wedlock births stand in the way of progress.
Although Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois had similar goals to achieve racial equality in the United States, they had strongly opposing approaches in improving the lives of the black population. Washington was a conservative activist who felt that the subordination to white leaders was crucial for African Americans in becoming successful and gaining political power. On the other hand, Du Bois took a radical approach and voiced his opinion through public literature and protest, making it clear that racial discrimination and segregation were intolerable. The opposing ideas of these African American leaders are illustrated in Du Bois’ short story, “Of the Coming of John”, where Du Bois implies his opposition to Washington’s ideas.
Malcolm emphasized on separation that the African American should stick together independent of their religion. He suggest doing that by “the philosophy of black nationalism.” He argued, “The political philosophy of black nationalism only means to control the politics and the politicians in his own commu... ... middle of paper ... ...me dialects when he speaks, for example, some sentences, like “I be setting” in his speech. Malcolm X speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” one could feel anger, pain and injustice for the black people due to injustice and inequalities they had experience from America. Through his essay changed occurred, and more people experience equality and justice was long overdue. Works Cited X, Malcolm American Radio Works, .
1. Coming from a well-educated background, Martin Luther King, Jr. used his knowledge to challenge the legislature and make an attempt to influence government policies, changing Civil Rights not only on a personal level, but on a federal level as well. MLK understood that the only way to make an effective and long-lasting impact on the Civil Rights Movement was to instigate change on a government level, banishing the United States government of any previous discriminatory disposition. 2. Unlike Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X did not work to make changes in racist federal legislature, but instead strived to form a unique identity for blacks, inspiring confidence and empowerment.
The strengths of Malcolm X s approach towards his definition of race appealed to Black America by giving hope to the struggle of the civil rights movement. However, the weakness of his approach was one-sided alienating the white race, non-violent black people taking part in the Civil Rights struggle, and all other religions besides Islam. Malcolm X's intended audience for his views on race were the American people of the 1960's during the civil rights movement and all future generations of America. Malcolm X's views both fit into and countered the views of the time. The strengths of Malcolm X's approach towards how he defined race appealed to Black America by giving an inkling of hope to a hopeless people with nothing to live for.
Black Americans who are audiences of the speech of Malcolm X will relate what he said to their own life. His point is change the view of Black Americans that they should be treated equally to White Americans. We are born in the same way and we can’t choose our identities so why we are treated differently just because our identities? In either case, rhetorical devices are used successfully in these texts. They build a strong argument about the right of Black American which motivates the movement of Black Americans to fight for their voting right and Civil rights.
The black codes suggested that the blacks were still the inferior race, and they also show the reluctance the south had to change their lifestyle after the Civil War. The black codes returned political, social, and economic power to the white southerners. Black codes also affect us today. If black codes were never enforced during reconstruction, black people would have been able to be a part of the government much sooner than they did. They would have been able to vote, marry interracially, work where they wanted, and get an education.