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The Child Rearing Process Throughout African American Families

- The child rearing process in African American families differ from those raised in White American families. Black families culture have a strong sense of traditions far more than their white counterparts. Although the two cultures are very different in many ways there are a significant amount of similarities between the two in their child rearing process African Americans have a good percentage of single parent households which is mostly the mother without the father. In the journal by (Gooddrum, 2012), ‘According to the 2009 United States Census, 67% of youth in the United States are living in single-parent households.’ This makes it hard on the family and they are in a...   [tags: African American, White American]

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Preventing Mistakes in The Lottery and Hills like White Elephants

- Humans will always make mistakes. It is important that we learn from them and avoid making more in the future. In The Lottery, an old town tradition forces the town residents to sacrifice the person whose name is chosen from the black box. In Hills like White Elephants, a man and his wife discuss whether or not the woman should get an abortion. Both of these short stories lead to the idea that old traditions aren’t always right. Was bringing Africans to America to be slaves a just policy. Was kicking Indians off of their homeland to walk the Trail of Tears right....   [tags: The Lottery, Hills like White Elephants]

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African American Woman Has Her Mouth Covered

- This image says a thousand or more words. This African American woman has her mouth covered. I interpret that meaning is that we as African Americans have been silenced. When it comes to our issues being heard or the problems we have the majority ignores us and leaves us silent. And then looks confused when there are uproars caused because people of color want to defend their rights. This picture talks about of how when the words black lives matter that you are not really heard. The tape shows how her voice is being silenced....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Patricia Hill Collins, An Active African American Sociologist

- Patricia Hill Collins, an active African American sociologist, is best known for her groundbreaking research in the areas of Black feminism and the extensive development of the concept of intersectionality, a term first popularized in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams. Patricia Hill Collins’ main goals are to better the black community through community work, and with her gift as a sociologist/ author. “Throughout her career Collins has advocated for the power of people, the importance of community building, and the necessity of collective efforts to achieving change…an activist-scholar” (Cole)....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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African Civil Society : The Paradox Of Africa

- Introduction Maathai believes that Africa needs to unite and find their cultural inheritance. They should fight of the legacies left by colonialism, endemic corruption, poverty and climate change together to build a better continent for all Africans. This is done through transparent, ethical leadership free from western influence, but from within African civil society itself, through grassroots movements (Maathai: 2009). Maathai highlights the paradox of Africa; it is a con-tinent rich in natural resources such as diamonds, oil, copper and many more, yet it is still one of if not the poorest continent on the planet....   [tags: Poverty, Africa, Capitalism, Welfare state]

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Coconut Oil : An Outbreak Of African American Women

- Coconut oil has been a part of society for centuries and will continue to flourish in the African American community. Coconut oil is known for penetrating the hair shafts, preventing the hair from shrinkage/swelling, and most importantly preventing the hair from becoming damaged. Today, there has been an outbreak of African American women accepting their natural roots and ending the cycle of getting a relaxer every other month. Coconut oil has found itself in many different hair companies because of its great qualities; As I Am, Dark and Lovely, Shea Moisture, and even Suave....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Langston Hughes : Influenced By Other African American Writers

- Introduction Many writers are influenced by people they idolize, and they are influenced in a positive way. Langston Hughes was differently influenced. Many may think that he was influenced by other African American writers, but he actually was not. According to a biography of Langston Hughes, “He was inversely influenced by his father-- who, frustrated by being the object of scorn in his native land, rejected his own people” (“Langston Hughes” Web). He was not influenced by other African American writers, as believed by many....   [tags: African American, Harlem Renaissance]

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The Finale of Evil in Orwell's Shooting an Elephant

- In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell faces a dilemma: whether or not to kill the elephant. With his final decision, the elephant finally lays dead in front of thousands of people. He explains that he was forced to shoot it because the Burmese people were expecting him to do that. In addition, he has to do it “to avoid looking like a fool” (14) in front of the crowd. At first glance, one would think that it makes sense for him to kill the elephant to save his face, but that was not the case. He effectively uses this incident to demonstrate the “real nature of imperialism” (3), where the elephant represents the British Empire....   [tags: Imperialism, Analytical Essay]

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African Cinem Cultural, Social, Political, And Economic Situations

- African cinema has evolved in multiple facets since postcolonialism milieu. Post-nationalist African cinema has transformed into a more complex network that simultaneously incorporates both global and national issues alike. Modern post-nationalist films aim to aim to repudiate a homogenized notion African Cinema while highlight the diversities in African cinema, unlike antithetical early nationalist variants which portrayed a generalized African identity. These post-nationalist film makers advocate the need for utilizing new film languages and ideals suitable to the contemporary cultural, social, political and economic situations of different African countries....   [tags: Film, Film director, Africa, African people]

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Saint Bridit and African American Women Saints

- One of my class mates traveles to Ireland every year. My class mate stated each time she visits Ireland that she gets a greater understanding of women in the early days. We both come from a baptist, penecostal and apstolic background, I would like to compare the roles of Saint Bridit and women in the church, the only black women preachers preached about in the baptist church was harriet tuckman. The other women talked about in church was Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. However Mary the mother of Jesus did increase my faith, however I know it was much knowledge to be gained concerning women....   [tags: travel, saints, African Americans,]

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George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

- British author George Orwell was born in India and, after receiving his education in England, spent five years as an officer of the India Imperial Police from 1922 to 1927. In his essay titled “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell reflects on a specific incident during his term as an Imperial officer which he claims gave him a deeper understanding of the evil nature of imperialism. Orwell explains the negative relationship between Europeans and the Burmese, and provides vivid imagery along with his point of view to identify the evil motive behind imperialism: pride....   [tags: George Orwell, Burma, British Empire]

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George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

- In George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell priorities the abuse of the Burmese people by the British Empire. Orwell uses the shooting of the elephant to the plight of the Burmese people and their unbroken will in some civil disobedience. The elephant represents a defiance of the British Empire. Also since he was seen as the figured head of the state he had to take action or ruin not only his own standings with the crowd but also with the face of the British Empire. When Orwell starts the essay he tells us how he was hated by the people....   [tags: Burma, George Orwell, British Empire]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Shooting An Elephant ' And ' The Lottery '

- A successful descriptive narrative gives the necessary information for a reader to know the material of a text. For instance, narrating the text of a story allows the audience to connect with the feelings of the narrator. A description incorporates visuals so that the audience can recognize the image being portrayed. “Shooting an Elephant” and “The Lottery” are both descriptive narratives. Descriptive narratives give the reader a clearer understanding of the passage. “Shooting an Elephant” is the stronger descriptive narrative because of vivid sensory detail, manipulating the perception of the reader, and Orwell’s use of conflict....   [tags: Narrative, Narrative mode, Narrator, Burma]

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Elephants

- Elephants should not be killed because they are one of the main reasons that people visit the foreign land of Africa. Africa is incredibly hot and is not the most intriguing place to go on your vacation. If there were no elephants the amount of tourists would significantly decrease. Twenty eight percent of all tourist come to see the elephants. In the movie “Ivory Wars” the narrator says “ One of the few attractions for tourists is the African elephants that run wild and free across the vast plains of the continent of Africa.” When the amount of tourists decrease so does the money that they pay to see the elephants at a safari....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Current State Of African Countries

- The current state of African countries are totally connected to the colonization of Africa by European powers. The Europeans that dissected and formulated the country lines in Africa, believed that they were providing a needed and great service to Africa. Once they divided Africa up, assigned the each region to a European power, they installed ideologies and policies to establish and justify their subjugation of Africa. In his speech Why Africa is Not Free, Malcolm X commented “You have to realize that up until about 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers....   [tags: Colonialism, Africa, Madagascar]

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The Abuse of Circus Elephants

- The smell of popcorn and cotton candy in the air and the sight of elephants entering the big top, trunk in tail, seems like a dream come true. How they perform those intricate tricks so smoothly is quite a sight. How are those large creatures capable of a headstand. Well, according to a New York Times article, circus elephants endure training methods that include: electric prodding, beatings, hours of being chained up, and unimaginable cruelty. Due to their large size many trainers feel that the intimidation method is the only way such a large and wild creature can be trained (“Its a Wonder More”)....   [tags: Cruelty Towards Circus Elephants]

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African American Civil Rights Movement

- Between 1865 and 1970 leadership; motivating, persuading, encouraging and inspiring the masses to engage with a vision was vital to the progression of the African-American civil rights movement. It is a common notion that individual leaders held dominant roles within the movement and used the power from this to lead the grassroots and make decisions on behalf of organisations. Additionally, it is believed that leaders were the strategists who shaped the methods of the movement; allowing them to win the nation’s allegiance and convince them to make sacrifices for racial justice....   [tags: African American, W. E. B. Du Bois, Black people]

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The Role Of A Police Officer And The African American Community

- If you ask most people the role of a police officer, they would probably tell you that it is to serve and protect their families and communities. However, when that question is posed to most members of the African American community the answer is dramatically different. As opposed to protecting and serving, many members of the African American community feel that police are a powerful occupying force and threat to the lives of their families and community members. In order to understand the feelings that African American’s have towards police officers, one would have to look at the facts....   [tags: United States, Police, African American]

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Colonialism and Imperialism Exposed in Shooting an Elephant and Heart of Darkness

- Destructive Colonization Exposed in Shooting an Elephant and Heart of Darkness       As a man is captured, his first instinct is to try and break free from his shackles and chains. Primal urges such as this often accompany humans when they are forced, as in capture, to rely on their most basic instincts to survive. In this manner, natives in Africa acted upon instinct when the Europeans arrived to take their land and freedom. The short story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell and the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad revolve around the time when colonialism had a foothold in many parts of the world....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

- George Orwell 's "Shooting an Elephant is a multifaceted essay that sheds light on the negative connotations that lie within Imperialism specifically in Burma, India. In Orwell 's writing he always finds a way to tackle prominent issues and mask them within stories that leave the reader thinking but without knowing, some examples of his works being his critically acclaimed novels Animal Farm and 1984. In “Shooting an Elephant”, he illustrates through a first person narration the actions of a British officer in Burma India and alludes that the title holds more than just “shooting an elephant.” Orwell shows the narrator and his inner turmoil in the face of the killing of an elephant in Burma a...   [tags: George Orwell, Burma, Imperialism]

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African Americans During The World War I

- For African Americans World War I was one of the most transformative moment. At first the war seemed not to impact African Americans much. Little did they know that the war would directly impact them all, both women and men, African Americans from the North and the South, in this case the most affected were the Southern African Americans. At that time African Americans knew that they had to try to struggle for something they called black freedom. Even though many African Americans did not participate in many important issues such as voting or the right of having a better paid job, their hard work and commitment gave them the opportunity to give their families a better future economically an...   [tags: African American, Southern United States]

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Descriptive Narrative Of ' Shooting An Elephant ' And ' The Lottery '

- A successful descriptive narrative displays the necessary information for a reader to explain or develop speculations within the material. Narrating the text of a story, told through one or more narrators, allows the audience to connect with the feelings of the narrator. A description includes imagery for the audience’s recognition. Furthermore, descriptive narratives have a purpose and are there for a reason. “Shooting an Elephant” and “The Lottery” are both descriptive narratives. Descriptive narratives show a clearer understanding of the passage; therefore, the stronger text is “Shooting an Elephant” because of its detail and the plot’s conflict....   [tags: Narrative, Narrative mode, Narrator, Narratology]

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Analysis of Elephant, by Gus Van Sant

- In today’s society many different forms of art constantly surround us. The music blaring through your headphones, the advertisements we come across, and even the buildings peering high above the New York skyline can all be considered art. One of the most popular mediums of art in present time is filmmaking. Film uses moving photographs to narrate a story, express emotions and convey ideas. The unique aspect of the art of film is that it allows the viewer to become its subject or characters and experience their situations as they are occurring....   [tags: Film Analysis]

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African Americans Have Become The New Dinosaurs Of America

- African Americans have become the new dinosaurs of America. The primary objective in America other than to serve its country is to deplete the African American race. If you exterminate the root of the issue there will no longer be chaos. Without chaos it brings you serenity, peace and happiness. African Americans are becoming an extinct race through “The Great Extinction”. African American extinction begins with the “American Depression”. Black people are not qualified as African American nor are they qualified as Americans....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race]

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Slavery And The African American Community

- The aftermath of having one’s way of life taken from him or her can have an unforgettable notion on the group’s mental state. The ramifications have plagued the African American community because of living in an oppressive state. During slavery, Whites used Christianity as a tool to oppress and keep Africans in bondage. This essay is not to say that Christianity did not offer liberation but as a tool of oppression. This essay will discuss how the Bible did not condone the type of enslavement that slave holders practiced, the arguments that the slave holders used in regards to the use of religion and lastly the evolution of the african American church....   [tags: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, Africa]

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A Social And Economic Problems Faced By African American Males

- Introduction Given the social and economic problems faced by African-American males in the United States, their experiences at colleges and universities have become a source of major concern. One of the challenges most universities today face is the recruitment and retention of their students. The retention rates and graduation rates of white males are followed by white females, and then African-American females. As the research will show, African-American males are going to college, but their persistent to graduation declines....   [tags: African American, White American, Sociology]

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The South African Educational System

- The South African educational system has been through many changes dealing with cultural, political, and social issues. There has always been a concern about equal academic opportunities for all the races within South Africa. Where most of the black South African students are given the disadvantage and the White students have the advantages. It wasn’t until 1994 when things took a slight turn for black students in South Africa. That year marked the end of the apartheid. Theoretically non-white students were now offered the same education as Whites....   [tags: South Africa, Africa, White people, Education]

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African Population And Their Culture

- The International Slavery Museum, located in the same ports that saw slavery ships depart for the African continent and the New World some two hundred years before, is an exhibition at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The museum has exhibits and displays dedicated to celebrating the culture of the Africans who were enslaved and brought to work in the New World, commemorating the experiences of those who were enslaved and informing visitors on how the slave trade operated. In this essay, I will discuss how the museum presented the African population and their culture, how the transatlantic slave trade was presented and finally compare how the museum presented these topics to how historians have...   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, Africa]

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African American Men : Criminal Threat Or A Victims Of Society

- The author questions the fact, whether African American men are actually a criminal threat or a victims of society. “Black men are typically constructed as criminals when in truth they much more likely to be victimized by American Society” (BMCV, pg. 1). Most fail to realize that African American men can commit crime but they also can be victims of crime and a majority of the time they are the victims. Another idea he questioned is, why are more African American men considered to be perpetrators of crime rather than victims....   [tags: African American, Race, Black people]

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`` An Elephant Crack Up `` By Charles Siebert

- There are some wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than wounds that bleed. Just as all humans, elephants similarly feel emotions whether it is joy or sorrow. In his article “An Elephant Crack Up?” the author, Charles Siebert focuses on the recent strange and bellicose behaviors of elephants and clears up the causes of the behaviors with plenty of informative observations. In “Immune to Reality,” Daniel Gilbert theorizes that the psychological immune system is triggered by large-scale negative events....   [tags: Emotion, Psychology, Mind]

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America Should Not Be America Without African Americans

- In this essay I will demonstrate why America would not be America without African Americans. African Americans contributed a lot to America and is a main factor of all that is going on in America to this day. Without black people America would not be. Like it or not African Americans helped with building this famous nation. W.E.B. Dubois asked, “Would America have been America without her Negro people?” Put the question in our head of what would America be without its black people. How will our world change....   [tags: African American, Southern United States]

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African American Population During The Progressive Era

- During the Progressive Era, there was a great deal of discrimination and oppression towards African Americans. White Americans attempted to prevent them from succeeding, which forced them to deal with severe segregation and oppression. However, African Americans continued to fight for their rights and equality through marches and protests. The African American Population during the Progressive Era During the Progressive Era, which includes the period between 1900 and World War I, there was substantial amount of discrimination and oppression towards African Americans....   [tags: Sociology, African American, White American]

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Discrimination Against African Americans By Richard Wright

- Unequal Opportunities Discrimination against African Americans is still apparent in modern society, even after the Civil Rights Movement had taken place in the United States. Richard Wright writes his autobiography from his perspective of growing up as an African American boy constantly feeling rejected by society with troublesome experiences and feelings growing up before the Civil Rights Movement. However, today these issues still occur daily for many African Americans, who are taken advantage of and lack equal opportunities to succeed, compared to Caucasians....   [tags: African American, Race, Black people]

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Foreign Aid For African Countries

- Man has always long sought a society where there is no poverty, disease or death. We as humans love to extend out a loving hand and a lot of us believe that it is the right thing to do to help struggling people and places. Recently there has been a considerable amount of attention given to countries in need of such help. The United States being the super power it is will be looked upon from weaker, less economically sound countries in desperate need for foreign aid. In 2014 the U.S spent about $46 Billion in funding towards humanitarian assistance and international development through out 183 countries, yet it seems like no matter how much money is given to help these developing countries,...   [tags: Africa, Poverty, Sub-Saharan Africa, Malaria]

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The Religions Of Afric African Religion

- Religions of Africa Africa is made up of more than fifty countries and is home to just over a billion people. Africa is not only diverse in its landscape and animals but the people are also extremely diverse. There are hundreds of different ethnic communities that, together, speak over 1000 languages. With this much diversity among the different communities, it is not surprising that there is much diversity in the religions in Africa. In Africa, there are many groups of people who follow different religions....   [tags: God, Religion, Africa, Islam]

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George Orwell 's Shooting An Elephant

- Sit. Stay. Shake. Speak. These are all commands that someone would voice to a dog, and expect it to follow accordingly. Dogs are known for their obedience and unbroken loyalty. They would do anything to please their masters; even put their selves in dangerous positions just to satisfy their authoritative masters. The question at hand is, would a human act just as obedient, no matter the circumstances. Some may deny that humans would be as accommodating as man’s best friend, but just a glimpse at past history could reveal otherwise....   [tags: McCarthyism, Joseph McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow]

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Houseboy, A Young African Boy

- Houseboy Within the novel Houseboy, a young African boy, Toundi Ondoua, forced, as well as having an option to flee away from home due to his father’s excessive brutality, fled into the arms of a priest, Father Gilbert. Ondoua who served white colonizers in the Cameroons under Father Gilbert, portrays the plight of severe brutality and subjugation under the control of colonial authority. During these early times, colonial ruling played an important role in the African community. Disobeying his father, superiority showed the desire of Ondoua to “follow the white man”, even though he was from the African descendent....   [tags: Africa, Europe, Christianity]

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Economy Of The Colonial African

- Economy of the Colonial African States The economies of many colonial African states were supported mostly by the labor of Africans. It was considered cheaper to use African laborers, and they were not paid the same wages as whites. With Europeans using and forcing them to do labor projects to find important resources for European consumption, as well as using underhanded tactics to gain profits from them, colonial systems in Africa were able to gain profit for their nations. At the same time, their abuse and exploitation of the African people would lead to future nationalist movements in later years....   [tags: Africa, Colonialism, Atlantic slave trade]

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Drugs For African Aids Epidemic

- At Apple stores across the world, bright red iPhone cases quickly grab the attention of passerby. Sleek and shiny, these cases are fashionable accessories that teenagers love. The products appear even more attractive by Apple’s claim that each case sold will help provide life-sustaining drugs for African AIDs victims. The iPhone cases are prime examples of Product RED: an initiative that partners with world-class brands to donate a percentage of their profits to help end the AIDs epidemic in Africa....   [tags: AIDS, HIV, Antiretroviral drug, Africa]

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African American And Black History

- African-American 333"Black History" is a noun, "African-American" is an adjective -->history is the portion of American history that specifically discusses the African-American or Black American ethnic groups in the United States. Most African Americans are the descendants of black African slaves forcibly brought to, and held captive in the United States from 1555 to 1865. Blacks from the Caribbean whose ancestors immigrated, or who immigrated to the U.S., also traditionally have been considered African-American, as they share a common history of predominantly West African or Central African roots, the Middle Passage and slavery....   [tags: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, Caribbean, Africa]

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Shooting An Elephant

- The story that my evaluation will be based on is Shooting an Elephant written in 1936. The author George Orwell was born in 1903 in India to a British officer raised in England. He attended Eton College, which introduced him to England’s middle and upper classes. He was denied a scholarship, which led him to become a police officer for the Indian Imperial in 1922. He served in Burma until resigning in 1927 due to the lack of respect for the justice of British Imperialism in Burma and India. He was now determined to become a writer, so at the brink of poverty he began to pay close attention to social outcasts and laborers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Shooting an Elephant

- “Shooting an Elephant” I was not comfortable with many aspects of this story. The prejudice throughout the book was unimaginable, I find I am uncomfortable with any kind of bigotry. Reading of the Burmese people and their disrespect toward someone who was there to “protect and serve”, was difficult. I suppose I am naïve, I try to hold on to the belief that people of God are inherently good. I know there are bad apples in all walks of life, bad people are everywhere so holding on to this optimism is harder each day....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Contemporary African Art

- Proposed Research Outline: In the slippery terrain created by globalization and cultural brokering, contemporary art made in Africa (and its diasporas) has enjoyed a steady growth in interest and appreciation by Western audiences during the last few decades (Kasfir, 2007). Several biennials, triennials, and scholarly works attest to that, with much of its impact owed to the figure of Okwui Enwezor. However, seamlessly uniting diverse African artists under the untrained Western gaze for the commercialism of the international art circuit – notwithstanding their different cultural contexts and the medium in which they work – is bound to create problems....   [tags: Africa ]

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Shooting an Elephant

- A police officer in the British Raj, the supposedly 'unbreakable'; ruling force, was afraid. With his gun aimed at a elephant's head, he was faced with the decision to pull the trigger. That officer was George Orwell, and he writes about his experience in his short story, 'Shooting an Elephant';. To save face, he shrugged it off as his desire to 'avoid looking the fool'; (George Orwell, 283). In truth, the atmosphere of fear and pressure overwhelmed him. His inner struggle over the guilt of being involved in the subjugation of a people added to this strain, and he made a decision he would later regret enough to write this story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The South African Government

- During the years of 1985-89 the South African government started to feel large amounts of pressure not only internationally but internally as the cracks within apartheid started to grow. Botha started making decisions to negotiate with all the ANC leaders exiled and jailed as it was the only way the country could move on properly. Many factors contributed to Botha 's decision as they all had several contributions as well as setbacks in determining whether it was the primary reason why Botha chose to negotiate....   [tags: South Africa, Africa, Afrikaans, Sovereign state]

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Themes In African Creation Stories

- Themes In African Creation Stories Like all cultures, African cultures inevitably had to deal with the issue of "How did we get here?" To answer this pressing question, the people invented stories that reflect the values, morals, and norms of their individual societies. When one examines these stories, one can gain insight into what these cultures were like. "An African Cosmogony" tells of how the world was created through a powerful being named Bumba, who regurgitates the sun, moon, stars, and the first nine living creatures....   [tags: African Culture Essays]

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South African Power Groups

- Efforts to Address the Problem South Africa’s revolution was unique because it was neither an elite-imposed transition nor a classical revolution. Many analysts were surprised that a classical revolution hadn’t occurred sometime in the 1980s (Marx, 1997, 476-479). It is likely that there wasn’t a classical revolution because the military was still loyal to the dominant white group. Furthermore, whites controlled nearly all of the economic power, and as a result, blacks needed the white structure to stay in place to continue lest the economy crumble (p....   [tags: History, South Africa's Revolution]

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The Elephant vanishes

- In “The Elephant Vanishes Stories” by Haruki Murakami, he uses a mixture of fantasy and reality to engage the reader into the main idea of object or people disappearing. Most of his stories may seen as if they came from life but he adds mystery to each one of them when something is missing or vanishes and the circumstances around it becomes unreal. In “The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women” Murakami starts off by surrounding the plot around a man who quits his job for no apparent reason at all, who irons his shirts in a particular manner, and avoid the sexual urges of a woman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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African American History in America

- In From Slavery to Freedom (2007), it was said that “the transition from slavery to freedom represents one of the major themes in the history of African Diaspora in the Americas” (para. 1). African American history plays an important role in American history not only because the Civil Rights Movement, but because of the strength and courage of Afro-Americans struggling to live a good life in America. Afro-Americans have been present in this country since the early 1600’s, and have been making history since....   [tags: History Blacks African American]

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Elephant the movie

- Gus Van Sant’s Elephant was at once critically praised and denounced by both film reviewers and filmgoers alike. The cinematography takes you on a waltz throughout a seemingly typical day at an unnamed high school, stopping through the journey to focus on the stereotypes of school. The jock, the quirky artist, the cliqued girls, the skateboarder, they are all represented and representative of his film. Van Sant created a film, seemingly without a staunch opinion on the horrors of the Columbine shootings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Treatment Of African Americans: 1865-1895

- During the span of thirty years from 1865 to 1895 blacks that lived within this time frame went through arguably the most profound series of events to occur in African American history. Southern blacks were faced with prejudice, bondage, slavery, and ultimately survival. Shortly after the thirteenth amendment was ratified, stating that: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The southern governments enacted a series of Black Codes that were purposefully meant to keep blacks “as near to a state of bondage as possible.” Bla...   [tags: History Racism African American]

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African American Contributions in Science

- African American Contributions in Science            Throughout American history many African Americans have been overlooked in the field of science. Some powerful minds and great inventors haven’t been re-introduced to new generations. African Americans have contributed a great deal to the advancements of our country and one of the major fields they have made contributions to is in the field of science. Many successful African Americans have been overshadowed by their Caucasian counterparts. More of our children should be aware of these great historians....   [tags: Science African Americans Scientists Essays]

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West African Kingdoms

- West African Kingdoms It is generally accepted by scholars and scientists today that Africa is the original home of man. One of the most tragic misconceptions of historical thought has been the belief that Black Africa had no history before European colonization. Whites foster the image of Africa as a barbarous and savage continent torn by tribal warfare for centuries. It was a common assumption of nineteenth-century European and American Whites - promoted by the deliberate cultivation of pseudoscientific racism - that Africans were inferior to Whites and were devoid of any trace of civilization or culture....   [tags: African History]

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African Archaeology

- 1) Metallurgical Origins in Africa Introduction The study of metallurgy in Africa has been dominated by a concern with origins and antiquity. Some Anthropologists believe that African metallurgy was an early, independent invention, while others believe that it was an innovation, which came relatively late, and was a product of diffusion. With these two hypotheses as our only reference points, we are limited in our knowledge of metallurgy as well as its role in the lives of African people. Anthropologists often find themselves in the predicament of being presented with a small number of precedent theories, which shape and direct further studies....   [tags: Africa African Archaeology Essays]

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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

- Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell In his essay Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell explains how the controlling authorities in a hostile country are not controlling the country's population but are in fact a mere tool of the populous. Orwell's experience with the elephant provided the insight for his essay, and gives a clear example of the control the natives have over the authorities. The authorities in Lower Burma were there to police the state that their government controlled, but were only accomplished in being controlled by the people of the state....   [tags: Papers]

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George Orwells Shooting an Elephant

- George Orwells Shooting an Elephant In George Orwell's essay "Shooting An Elephant," he writes about racial prejudice. Orwell is a British officer in Burma. The author is, "for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British"(842). Orwell feels caught in the middle of this cultural struggle. He sympathizes with the oppressed people of India, but is treated poorly, since he is viewed as one of the oppressors. He comes to terms with the role he plays in this vicious cycle of oppression , as an imperial servant, and the influence it has on him to shoot an elephant....   [tags: essays papers]

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Free Will in Shooting an Elephant and Antigone

- Free Will in Shooting an Elephant and Antigone Free will can be defined as: “The right, given to humans by God, to make their own decisions.” A mans free will cannot be destroyed by any power other than God. Humans can always exercise their free will when making decisions. However, when their decisions come in conflict with the laws set by a higher power, they might face consequences based on how they choose to use their free will. The more restrictions imposed upon someone’s free will the more restricted their ability to make decisions become....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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African American Hardships

- African American Hardships During pre-colonial African kinship and inheritance, it provided the bases of organization of many African American communities. African American men were recognized for the purpose of inheritance. They also inherited their clan names based on their accomplishments, as well as other things when one decease. Land was not owned in many parts of Africa during the pre-colonial period. It was yet held and distributed by African American men. Access to the land by women depended on their obligations or duties within the gendered division of labor....   [tags: African American Studies]

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African Government Administration

- The continent of Africa, although rich in land and natural resources, has been ravaged in ways no other continent has seen in modern history. From droughts and famine, to dictatorial regimes and HIV/AIDS, Africa has been plagued by many troubles leaving many to argue that Africa’s lack of organization, power, and lack of resources has only made things worse. The creation of The Assembly of the African Union, originally called the Organization of Africa Unity was established to unite Africa politically with one military force, one head and an organized governing body to watch over its development....   [tags: AU, African Organization]

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African American Reconstruction

- Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were treated as second class individuals. They lacked the freedom and equality they sought for. To the African Americans, the Civil War was a war of liberation. Contrary to what African Americans perceived, Southerners viewed the war as an episode of their journey to salvation. Southern lands may have been destroyed and depleted, but the South was persistent that their racial order would not be disrupted. To most, the goals of the Reconstruction era were to fully restore the Union, and to some, grant emancipation and liberty to former slaves....   [tags: African American History]

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African Mythological Commonalities

- African Mythological Commonalities Creation myths vary among African ethnic groups highlighting similarities and differences in belief systems and societal constructs. There are many factors that contribute to creation myths for each individual group. Survival issues dominate many my ths, suggesting the origins of land, the ability to cultivate land, and the benefit of existing off of what one has cultivated. Questions of where land came from, the purpose of man, and the relationship between the creator and the created are evaluated....   [tags: African Creation Myths Essays]

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African Music of the Rastafari, the Rasta Community, the Dreads

- African Music of the Rastafari, the Rasta Community, the Dreads Nyabinghi music played at Rastafarian grounations, which includes drumming of at least three hand drums, chanting, dancing, spiritual use of the holy herb, and praise to Jah Rastafari, are considered the most important and inspirational meeting of Rastafari. The term "nyabinghi" is said to have come from a religious, spiritual, and political movement in East Africa beginning in the 1850’s until the 1950 led by a series of spiritually influential women and focused on military actions against white imperialists and colonialists....   [tags: Jamaica Africa Jamaican African]

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The African-American Odyssey

- The African-American Odyssey The Promise of Reconstruction, 1865-1868 The emancipation of the African slave who was now disconnected from their traditions and way of life after nearly 300 years, is seemingly a great gush from the dam to the ebbs and flows of the struggle. The end of slavery as we know it, presented a ball of mixed emotions among the nation; North and SOUTH. Some slaves were grossly ecstatic to be free. For example, when a slave girl named Caddy, from Goodman, Mississippi found she was free, went to her mistress, flipped up her dress and told her "Kiss my ass!" On the contrary, some slaves were apprehensive of being free....   [tags: African American History]

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Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating?

- Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating. America, as we know it today, is composed of an eclectic mix of cultures including African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American as well as diverse European cultures. These cultures have amalgamated in some ways, but in other ways certain cultures have established themselves as dominant, immensely contributing to the paradigm shifts in the American culture. The English language, for example, is the language that is prevalently spoken in the United States today; it is traditionally associated with the Yankees who have European descent....   [tags: Family African American Black Essays]

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African American Culture

- African American Culture Music Spirituals This is a religious song sung by the black people in the southern part of the US and are often influenced by African melodies. The spirituals are typical working songs and often content stories and persons from the Bible. Many of the slaves, in fact, thought of themselves as modern children of Israel who were looking for freedom. The songs first become well-known outside the southern states when the slaves were set free from slavery. Blues The blues is extremely various type of music, and it has many different musical expressions....   [tags: African American Studies]

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African Diaspora

- In simple terms, the Diaspora as a concept, describes groups of people who currently live or reside outside the original homelands. We will approach the Diaspora from the lenses of migration; that the migration of people through out of the African continent has different points of origin, different patterns and results in different identity formations. Yet, all of these patterns of dispersion and germination/ assimilation represent formations of the Diaspora. My paper will focus on the complexities of the question of whether or not Africans in the Diaspora should return to Africa....   [tags: African Diaspora Cultures]

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African Creation Stories

- African Creation Stories There are many similarities among most African creation stories. Likewise certain differences are also noticeable. For example, I chose four creation stories to make the comparisons between them. The first one is "An African Cosmogony." Here, Bumba is the creator. He created nine living creatures, after vomiting the sun and the moon, from which all other animals emerged. The second one, "An African story of the Creation of Man", is a story among the Shilluks of the White Nile which basically explains the different complexions among the various races on Earth....   [tags: African Culture Creation Tales Essays]

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African American Theater

- Over the course of approximately one-hundred years there has been a discernible metamorphosis within the realm of African-American cinema. African-Americans have overcome the heavy weight of oppression in forms such as of politics, citizenship and most importantly equal human rights. One of the most evident forms that were withheld from African-Americans came in the structure of the performing arts; specifically film. The common population did not allow blacks to drink from the same water fountain let alone share the same television waves or stage....   [tags: Culture African American Cinema Theater]

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Elephant, a Film Analysis

- The Tragedy of Columbine was caused by the social injustices inflicted upon two students; Alex Frost and Eric Deulen. This is the message Gus Van Sant portrays in his movie `Elephant.' These two characters are not part of the `in crowd' and are picked upon in school to the point that they come to school with guns. Present day schools are treating this issue incorrectly by not trying to relinquish the social injustices of high school. Many schools today now completely cut off the school from the outside world in order to stop tragedies like Columbine from occurring....   [tags: Film]

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Elephant Man

- Ashley Montagu tells John Merrick&#8217;s unusual story in the book that studies human dignity, The Elephant Man. The Elephant Man, an intriguing book that captures the heart of the spirit, is the story of a simple, yet unfortunate, man. It causes one to think about life&#8217;s precious gifts and how often they are taken for granted. As the sad and unique story of John Merrick, &#8220;the elephant man,'; unfolds, all are taught a lesson about strength and courage. When Sir Frederick Treeves first discovered John Merrick in 1884, he could only be described as, &#8220;a huddled mass of loneliness';(14)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Fatherhood and the Unmarried Adolescent African-American Male

- Just about a quarter of all children are now born out of wedlock.... Add to that the substantial fraction of children born into marriages that will not survive.... What do these high rates of marital instability imply for patterns of childbearing, and especially for fathers’ involvement with their children. (Furstenberg & Harris, 1992, p. 199) The vast amount of research on the topic of adolescent pregnancies has historically focused on the female (such as Furstenberg, 1976 and Stack, 1974)....   [tags: African American Black]

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Elephant Man

- Elephant Man The Elephant Man, written by Bernard Pomerance, is a play about identity. It is a play about a man who is deformed, but constantly trying to live life as an ordinary person. The play begins with John Merrick, also known as the Elephant Man, performing in a carnival freak show in order to make a minute amount of money for living expenses. In Scene VI, Even on the Niger and Ceylon, Not This, Treves brings in Miss Sandwich to become Merricks nurse. He explains to her that he has been let down so far by the other nurses he has introduced to Merrick....   [tags: essays papers]

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Brown V The Board Of Education Impact On African Americans

- Brown V. The Board of Education Education has long been regarded as a valuable asset for all of America's youth. Yet, for decades, the full benefits of education were denied to African Americans as a result of the prevailing social condition of Jim Crowism. Not until the verdict in Brown V the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, would this denial be acknowledged and slowly dismantled. Jim Crow laws, in U.S. history, statutes enacted by Southern states and munici-palities, beginning in the 1880s, legalizing segregation between blacks and whites (Woodward, 6)....   [tags: African American Studies]

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America Should Pay Reparations to African Americans

- America Should Pay Reparations to African Americans The United States government should pay reparations to African Americans as a means of admitting their wrong-doing and making amends. The damages African Americans have sustained from White America’s policy of slavery have been agonizing and inhumane. Therefore, I am in favor of reparations for African Americans. The effect of slavery has been an enduring issue within the African American community. Many of us are cognizant of the harm racism brought to the African American race, conveyed through slavery, racial segregation and discrimination....   [tags: African Americans Slavery Racism Essays]

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The Flaws and Shortcomings of African Historiography

- The Flaws and Shortcomings of African Historiography History is formed through a combination of personal experiences, psychological state, personal objectives, relation with the interviewer, position in society and many other factors that cannot be scientifically monitored and accounted for. Thus, no historian has been able to filter through the many layers they need to in order to arrive at an accurate account of history. What “personal narratives” and “life histories” provide are numerous examples of the complexities and ambiguities that accompany any reconstruction of African history....   [tags: Africa Historiography History Essays]

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Science and African Metaphysics

- Science and African Metaphysics If one takes the African situation as a case study, one finds that serious efforts are made for the sake of scientific progress and exploration. However, the results attained are not comparable to the energy expended. Lack of progress is often attributed to faulty policy formation and execution on the part of African leaders and governments. This essay attempts to shed light on the source of this problem. The heuristic principle I follow holds that the metaphysical preconditioning of consciousness leads us to approach sensory data in particular ways and, furthermore, influences both our formulation of problems and possible solutions....   [tags: Africa Government Papers]

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South African Affairs

- South African Affairs In today's world, everything moves at an extreme pace. Countries are trying to become global powers in the business world. Globalization is the topic of international affairs, and it is either having a positive or negative effect on developing nations. Globalization can be defined as, "the integration of economic, cultural, political, religious, and social systems through international and localization. (Dictionary)" A country that is being effect by these trends is South Africa....   [tags: South Africa]

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Traditional African Religion

- Traditional African Religion      Before one starts to outline the traditional religion in Africa, one must first explain the way Africa is as a whole. Without the knowledge of the past combined with knowledge of culture, one would have a very vague, if any, understanding of traditional religion.      Out of all of the continents, Africa is the most central. It is told that the first man was found in Africa, so with this, many feel that Africa is the birthplace of human culture. Within this continent, there are many different lifestyles, which are lived....   [tags: Africa Culture Religious Founders]

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African Tribal Music

- African Tribal Music In our Western culture, we have always been entertained and pleased by the sound of music. Whether listening to the radio or going to a live concert, the music itself is usually considered a form of art or past time for the listener and the performer. While some can connect, relate to, or even "feel" the power of the music, not many westerners can comprehend "living" the music. In African tribal culture, the people have done just that since ancient times. They have spent each day using the music along with their work, daily routines, ceremonies, rituals, and gatherings....   [tags: Papers Music Africa Essays]

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West African Culture

- Brief History From the 1500s to the 1700s, African blacks, mainly from the area of West Africa (today's Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Dahomey, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon) were shipped as slaves to North America, Brazil, and the West Indies. For them, local and tribal differences, and even varying cultural backgrounds, soon melded into one common concern for the suffering they all endured. Music, songs, and dances as well as remembered traditional food, helped not only to uplift them but also quite unintentionally added immeasurably to the culture around them....   [tags: Culture West Africa]

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