1. As seen in the image above the Civil Rights Movement was a powerful act of courage and change in the black communities of America. Citizens marched down streets holding signs and singing songs making their voices heard loud and clear. They were standing up for their own rights and to not be discriminated against anymore. They believed that children of all races should be able to attend the same schools, people of color should be allowed in the same restaurants as whites and so much more. 2. In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" readers see how unfair life is for blacks compared to whites. Tom Robinson who was found to be innocent by the end of the trial was immediately thought to be guilty of beating Mayella by the majority of the population. If Tom was a white man there most definitely wouldn't have been as much controversy, even though anyone could do something evil and it should be dealt with equally no matter their race.
In the poem "Let America Be America Again" poet Langston Hughes preaches the hardships of being a black man in America during the 1900s. He speaks of being a young man who is filled with hope and ambitions for his future but constantly struggles against discrimination and lack of freedom in a land that is said to be "the home of the free". "O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There’s never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.)" He has never experienced the freedom of living to his fullest potential with all of the strict laws he had to obey if he wanted to simply keep living. "Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay?" Hughes starts to point out all of the terrible daily battles blacks were faced with. America was painted as this perfect picture of opportunity, freedom, and equality for anyone who came. This was most definitely not the case for many years when there was everything but opportunities, freedom, and equality for blacks. 2. In "To Kill A Mockingbird" readers see the inequality of blacks and the limited rights and freedoms that all Americans are supposed to have. They also couldn't get a quality job that would allow them to support their family, nevermind having the opportunity to pursue their dreams. This exact discrimination is what angered so many black citizens and empowered them to stand up to the brutal ways of society.
There were some improvements in segregation against blacks in the mid-1960s; however, there was still a lot of change that could be made. President Kenedy wanted to take part in making a difference. "Kennedy then asked Congress to enact a law to guarantee equal access to all public accommodations, forbid discrimination in any state program receiving federal aid, and outlaw discrimination in employment and voting." This helped the black community be accepted more than before but there were still many people who disapproved of blacks and didn't want them around. This then led to riots in many cities and violent times for blacks in America. Things did get better as the times went on "in the 1970s - white-dominated American culture opened itself significantly toward black people. Entrance requirements for schools and colleges were changed; hundreds of communities sought to work out equitable arrangements to end de facto segregation in the schools." Blacks became accepted by the majority of America and were treated mostly equal. The sad part is there will always be someone who disapproves of someone else who looks different than they do. Even though it has gotten much better than it was in the 1900s, there is still racism and discrimination today in America. 2. In "To Kill A Mockingbird" readers saw that back then violence was the answer to a lot of issues between blacks and whites. Blacks were being killed every day for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were seen as the "other" group of people, the evil group. This was one of the biggest stereotypes because the majority of the black community were innocent humans and the white people were the truly evil ones. It took much longer than it should have for blacks to be accepted and treated as an equal.
1. In the 1960s there was a constant feud between blacks and whites in America. Between the media and segregation, black people did not have it easy. There was a stereotype cemented into everyone's minds that "Blacks were viewed in the 1960s as horrible people if someone saw a black person on TV or walking around their first impression would be what's he or she doing here or there." If society wouldn't change its cruel ways, the people being affected decided to stand up and make a difference. People like Martin Luther King Jr. participated in movements and public speakings even though they knew the possible consequences. King was arrested for standing up for what he thought and knew was right. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Justice too long delayed is justice denied. King uses frequent allusions and very detail metaphors, to relate to his audience and convey his passion for equality." King was a wise man who always seemed to know exactly what to say because he was so passionate about making blacks and whites equal. 2. Throughout the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" readers see the same struggle of blacks and whites in America in the sixties. The "other" was considered to be the blacks because they appear different. There is an even deeper insight of what blacks went through. We see Tom Robinson who was a black man that was accused of beating a young girl. It turned out Tom hadn't done a thing and everyone was so convinced it was him. The perception of a big black man is scary and troubling. When realistically any man could do something evil no matter their race.