Racism, A Dark and Long History in America The Freedom Writer tells a story that taken place among a first year teacher and a group of different students that own all kinds of origin, color of skin and background. Erin Gruwell came from Newport Beach while the students came from East Los Angeles. In the movie, racism is a problem that cannot be neglected. It is the root cause of hatred, as well as a global issue. For blacks, this is a disaster. In the U.S, racism has existed throughout history; differ from other area, the highlighting racial problem was largely color of white and black. In 1961, the first batch of Negro slaves arrived in Virginia, since then the tough life of blacks began in the U.S. The conflict between blacks and whites seems never stop. The climax of the history of racism came in the twentieth century in the rise and fall of what might be called overtly racist regimes. In the American South, the passage of racial segregation laws and restrictions on black voting …show more content…
The blacks have been devoting to fight for their rights. In 1963, Martin Luther King gave a speech—I have a dream, which let the world heard the blacks and inspired black people continue to struggle for freedom and justice. And in 2008, Barack Hussein Obama became the first black president in America history. There is legislation and memoranda against discrimination in its many forms. Affirmative action has been used as an attempt to ensure individuals are given equal opportunity for employment, housing, and other types of advancement. In 2001, the Kaiser Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Washington Post, conducted a survey called, "Race and Ethnicity in 2001: Attitudes, Perceptions and Experiences." The study found that, on a whole range of issues, whites are more sympathetic to the realities of African Americans in U.S. society–and they also have closer contact and relationships with Blacks–than 35 or 40 years
I believe that this movie’s director uses first person point of view. The first person point of view is Eva Benitez because she is the narrator as part of the story and the pronouns feature usually use such as I, me, mine, our, we, us, etc. Eva Benitez narrates some part of the scenes in freedom writers movie. For example, in the first which is set in her house and she was still a young Eva. She Flashback her life experience when she saw a very first shooting in front of her house which is she called the first war. Then, she tells that her growing up in a racist environment that filled with gangster everywhere.
August 28, 1963 marked a very important day in history that had an impact on not only America, but the whole world. On this day, Martin Luther King Jr. presented his very well known I Have a Dream speech that aimed to eliminate racism, inequality and discrimination. He strongly believed that one day, people would put their differences aside and come together. So, what happened to that dream? Like many other equality initiative ideas, they often times never make it past the idea stage or rarely end in the original result. It is clear to us that even after 51 years, our societies still struggle with providing us with full equality. Although, within those 51 years, indeed we have made a mass amount of progress but you would think after that many years this issue would have been eradicated. Two essays that can be used as an example of proof that racial inequality still exists in our society are, Black Men in Public Spaces Brent Staples and Who Shot Johnny? Debra Dickerson. In these essays, both provide solid evidence to support their main goal with the use of different writing styles, tone and rhetorical devices to display how African Americans are perceived and treated by society.
Freedom Writers is a Hollywood film based on the book “The Freedom Writers’ Diary” by Erin Gruwell. The movie begins showing the 1992 race riots resulting from the beating of Rodney King. This sets the scene for the racial tension present in Long Beach, California. This racial tension has touched the lives of every student assigned to Mrs. Gruwell’s freshman English class. In order to give the students an opportunity to open up about their individual thoughts and experiences, Erin buys composition books and encourages her students to write each day. Erin Gruwell goes above and beyond for her students and helps to facilitate the growth of an open family environment lacking in the lives of everyone involved. The students grow to understand that they can accomplish their dreams with their diligence and effort, and that gang life does not truly benefit anyone.
Acts of racism began riots in Los Angeles in 1994, having 60 people killed and more than 2300 injured, spending more than one billion dollars in repairs. This film, Freedom Writers, was directed by Richard LaGravenese, released at 2007. By using specific ideas, attitudes are promoted about the world through the audience’s perspective. In the film we are shown anti-violence and anti-gang in the classroom which they overcome adversity even though they are experiencing inequality of education. Through the ideas of the film we promote attitudes of jubilance to the students and teacher, but also a sense of peace between them aside their race.
During the Great Depression, racism was a common practice in the southern states of the US. Negros and those who opposed the intolerance were often discriminated by the rest of the bias and ignorant society, who believed in white supremacy and superiority over the other races. Maycomb, a racist town, exemplify this discrimination, imperiously judging others they view as being dissimilar from themselves. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, the author, weaves a brilliant story of prejudice, discrimination, and racism shown through the novel’s several characters and events, producing a mirror reflection of America’s racist society in the 1930’s.
When people talk about the civil rights movement, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous speech “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King. His dream in short was to have equality among human beings. For the past thirty years, this country has been revolutionizing humanitarianism because there is greater concern for human welfare than one hundred years ago. The revolution began during the 1960’s, and during that era this country was drastically involved in changing the civil rights of minority groups. From this concern, a program called affirmative action evolved. Like other civil right movements, the affirmative action movement was implemented to promote equality.
Matthew W. Hughey, the author of “The Savior Trope and the Modern Meanings of Whiteness”, argues that the cinema has always been catered toward an ideology of the white supremacy. Likewise, Freedom Writers (2007) self-evidently appear as a majoritarian narrative by having Hilary Swank starring as Erin Gruwell who play as the enthusiastic white female teacher who help change the lives of the students of color. However, along the movie there is a subtle switch of importance from the teacher to these students as they strive to achieve a higher education. Although the film takes the same approach of a “white savior” movie, it is a deception to gain more viewers for the general audiences to reconsider the issues of stereotypes and racism within
The Freedom Writers needed someone to show that they care, and that’s exactly what Erin Gruwell did. She helped them to understand that everyone has battles that they are fighting, even though you might not always know them. Erin Gruwell helped the class to learn to accept each other and realize that everyone regardless of their background deserves to be treated with the same respect as people of your own background. She believed in the class enough to give them books to read similar to their own lives.
The kids in “Freedom Writers” are surrounded by gangs and violence. They find themselves in very rough situations and while they want to do the right thing, they can’t. They go everyday risking their lives for an education even though they don’t want to. Anne also finds herself in a rough situation and risks her life. The kids in Freedom Writers live in an area that is surrounded by kids that make gangs by their race, people get killed for this resulting in the kids getting illegal objects like guns to survive. Anne and her family are hiding from the
Racism is a problem that we are still fighting in the United States today. American History is filled with reoccurring instances of severe racism, many times for no reason at all. In 1955 a fourteen-year-old boy named Emmett Till was a visiting relative in Money, Mississippi. While in Mississippi, Emmett Till was with some friends at a grocery store and he allegedly flirted and whistled at a white women (Carolyn Bryant) who was working as the store cashier. Needless to say the cashier is the wife of the grocery store owner Rob Bryant. After Carolyn’s husband found out what had happened; Her husband, Roy Bryant and his stepbrother kidnapped Emmett Till from the house he was staying. After being kidnapped, Till would be beaten, tortured and murdered before being dumped into a river. During the trial of Roy Bryant and his
Martin Luther king’s “I have a dream speech” is fifty-four years old, in this speech he talked about equality for the black community which they didn’t have during the sixties. Over these fifty-four years, there has been some progress but not a whole lot if we include gender, sexual presence and religious. Even though the black community gained their civil rights there is still no equality, because there is still a huge amount of racism across the United States, not only for blacks but for any minority. Things have gotten worse since the elections of 2016 and people started speaking out and carrying out acts of racism, because our president endures this type of behavior toward any minority and when our “leader” endures this behavior society
I agree with the dissenting opinion and the statement that persuaded me was “Such exclusion goes over ‘the very brink of constitutional power’ and falls into the ugly abyss of racism.” The statement, in other words, states that the act that the United States was doing at the time was uncoustional and was racist. With everything going on with Japan, the U.S didn’t have the right to take away the right of an immigrate, that may that helped them in previous wars which made this act unconstitutional. The U.S put everyone in a concentration camp without examining if they were supporting the U.S or were good in their past years as a U.S citizen. They were separated from the rest of the population in the United States just because they were partially
Americanah is ostensibly a love story – the tale of childhood sweethearts in Nigeria whose lives take different paths when they seek fortunes in America and England – but it’s also a dissection of modern attitudes to race as well as touching on issues of identity, loss and loneliness.
The film Freedom Writers directed by Richard La Gravenese is an American film based on the story of a dedicated and idealistic teacher named Erin Gruwell, who inspires and teaches her class of belligerent students that there is hope for a life outside gang violence and death. Through unconventional teaching methods and devotion, Erin eventually teaches her pupils to appreciate and desire a proper education. The film itself inquiries into several concepts regarding significant and polemical matters, such as: acceptance, racial conflict, bravery, trust and respect. Perhaps one of the more concentrated concepts of the film, which is not listed above, is the importance and worth of education. This notion is distinctly displayed through the characters of Erin, Erin’s pupils, opposing teachers, Scott and numerous other characters in the film. It is also shown and developed through the usage of specific dialogue, environment, symbolism, and other film techniques.