Behind the Image: Countless African-Americans openly opposed the Vietnam War. As early as 1965, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee stated that no African-American should “fight in Vietnam for the white man's freedom until all the Negro people are free in Mississippi." However, due to the draft’s racial bias, more African-Americans served in the war than white men did. This is largely due to the fact that, then-college students — the majority of whom were white men — could defer enlistment. Because of this, the burden of enlistment fell more on non-college educated men, particularly non-college-educated black men. As a result, by 1967, 64 percent of all eligible African-American males had been drafted, when only 31 percent of eligible white men had. _______________________________________ Conflict has an underlying presence here, as I suppose it must. After all, this is war we're talking about. However, cooperation is a must-have when it comes to protests of any kind, especially peaceful ones. People have come together to spread awareness and opinion on important political matters. I chose to include this piece because I've had an interest in the civil rights movement for a while now, and find myself invested in the stories I hear because quite often they are filled with emotion. I also find racial discrimination one of the dumbest issues in history.
The powers of hope, media, sports, and rock and roll unite for freedom. This story is one of people helping people. Said people are rock band The Grateful Dead and the Lithuanian basketball team. Lithuania, having just earned their independence from the USSR, were broke. The band read an article about Lithuania and decided to help them out. They wrote a large check to the country and sent them tie-dyed uniforms for their basketball team, which they were able to wear to the 1982 Olympics-in Barcelona- for the first time as a free country. While the underlying issue of conflict remains, this is a great example of cooperation, and I was drawn to it because I love hearing stories about bands/musicians/other celebrities advocating/working for good causes. Why? Because they have so much power -in the forms of money and fame, that it would seem a waste not to use them for such causes, and some of the time, shows the hearts and souls behind their fame.
Behind The Image: This was just a typical Vietnamese war poster, encouraging people to prepare themselves to fight in the patriotic war against America... Until it was seen in America. Images such as this one, portraying women carrying guns, commanding troops, and taking on leadership roles, made a large impact on the women’s liberation movement. ‘Vietnamese Women Carry Guns’ was a well-known feminist slogan early in the 1970s __________________________________ Conflict, ever-presently, is with us once more, as it will be for every piece. Amidst the physical and political war being fought, there were other battles going on within American society. The battle for gender equality was forging onwards, and this new material from Vietnam gave a new angle from which to take action. Women in our rival country have more rights than we do, what do you think of that, fellow citizens? A simple poster from Vietnam, promoting civilian participation in the war, turned into ammunition for women's rights in America. This is a prime example of how the meanings of things can be twisted/extracted to confront other topics than originally intended. A lot of the times, this is seen to work against the original purpose of the information. In this case, however, the meaning was skewed towards good.
Behind The Image: In 1969 a network of antiwar activists across the US planned a nationwide coordinated protest against the war on Vietnam. It was called the National Vietnam Moratorium. Wednesday, October 5th, 1969 was the set target date for mass demonstrations by student/activist groups. Jasper Johns, an artist famous for his pop art renditions of the U.S. flag, was commissioned to make a poster for the event. Johns painted a toxic flag, a national symbol that had been poisoned by war. The sickly green stripes resembling jungle camouflage, and the orange field was filled was described as ‘nauseating’ by Mark Vallen on art-for-a-change.com. In the center of the flag, he painted a single white spot, in the representation of a bullet hole. According to Deborah Wye, Chief Curator of Prints at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the poster "became one of the most well-known images of the Vietnam period." ________________________________________ I chose to include this piece because it exhibits simply executed, but no less powerful imagery and creative liberty, as well as having a strong message. This image was commissioned by an antiwar organization and spread across the country. Organizations as such and the media are common examples of cooperation.
Behind The Lyrics: This song was written in response to the Kent State murders-May 4th, 1970-, where innocent people protesting the Vietnam War were shot and killed by their own country's men. ______________________________________ This one really edges more towards the side of conflict, for the obvious reasons of death and violence. I chose to include it because it stands for something I believe in deeply; Soulful music in spite of/alongside pain, politics, and wrongdoing.
Behind The Lyrics: this song has fairly simple lyrics that explain the unfairly simple truth. Edwin Starr answers his own question, stating that war is good for nothing...except maybe creative inspiration. -and population control. It's true!- ______________________________________ An outcry of distaste, directed towards the major conflict at the time-The Vietnam War, athough it applies to all wars, as well as other forms of violence/conflict in general. I chose this piece because of it's blunt simplicity. Good lyricists often wrap the meaning of their songs in figurative language and or more in-depth examples. As much as I live that type of writing, I have a great appreciation for something as simple as this song. It need not be overcomplicated, and in its simplicity, can be appreciated by many people.