This poem relates to our theme of finding a social conscience and civil rights because it is similar to the case of the Younger family being told to not move in a specific neighborhood because of their race. They had to fight against what others told them because this was what was right for them. Though many told them no, they still kept going because this was their way of gaining not only the freedom for not only them, but for the freedom for those who came and died before them.
Zianna Oliphant, a young girl, wept as she scolded city leadership. "We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this." Zianna's words have been heard around the country, making her a voice for the voiceless. Just like the narrator in "The Things They Carried" and the author of "The Tragedy of the American Military," she speaks out for her basic human rights as she tries to bring attention to the disconnect between two parties.
"Glory" was written by rapper Common, singer John Legend, and composer Rhymefest and was released in December 2014. This song has been on Billboard's Top 100 and was also present in the film Selma. The song brings about the issue of a "war that is not over" and the constant fight for glory. Just like in A Raisin in the Sun, this song professes a constant struggle for the American dream. it has taken years, but the fight is still not over. Walter struggles with this battle of equality and success just like this song.
The painting One and the Same, by Malinda Prudhomme, is a very intriguing painting that is currently housed with a private owner. This painting indicates that no matter what race someone is everyone is human and equal and that's why all the different pieces of peoples faces all fit into the same face. We all need to come together to extinguish all racism because civil rights have allowed us to have equality now, but it is the public civilization that prevents equality from happening. The public which is raised by people who cannot move on from the ideas they were raised with. This represents all races coming together to start living like the equal individuals we all are and deserve to live like one another. No one deserves more or less, we all matter the same amount. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden struggles to find his identity, just the way that the painting is struggling to keep its identity.
This song relates to our theme of finding a social conscience and civil rights because Beyoncé is calling out for freedom and is mentioning police brutality and some points which shows that civil rights aren't how they should be. Beyoncé talks about how she won't let her freedom "rot in hell". Beyoncé striving for that freedom also relates to the American dream because for some people their dream is for freedom and they come to America trying to find that. This relates to the Civil Rights protests because the people that took part in those marched for their freedom and their civil rights as African Americans.