Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Post #5; Q2

  In the first chapter of Malcom x’s biography, he explains how many african americans were brainwashed in the ideology of white supremacy and how he grows up analyzing this idea. He saw this first hand from his father, Earl Little, who was a Baptist minister and an organizer to U.N.I.A. Living in a nation where all around you is just blunt on the idea of black culture than white culture you fail to recognize that you were brainwashed to believe in white supremacy. Earl never really hit his son Malcom because his skin complexion was lighter than all his other siblings. His father would also take him to his preaching sessions rather than anyone else in the family. This given fact gave him the idea that his father favored more on him because he was given a lighter complexion than all the rest and he held Malcom as somewhat of a trophy. 
  Malcom’s mother on the other hand gave him hell for his his skin complexion. Because her side of the family was raped by a white man she is reminded everyday of the horror of her history just by looking at her son Malcom. In her perspective she views having a whiter complexion something to be frowned upon. Ironically she too had a lighter complexion but it is the idea that her gene is going to pass down a little bit of white blood that bothered her. She unlike her husband, treated the rest of her children with respect.
  Malcom became the catalyst of both worlds, his father’s perspective and his mother’s perspective. He viewed these facts and narrowed the idea to only find out that white supremacy plays a huge impact among the black race. He wanted his readers to recognize that even white supremacy is both given externally and internally. whether you are enforcing the black race to move back to Africa or you carry the blood of a white man. He viewed white supremacy a lingering shadow.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Essay for October 19

Bob Dylan has been critically know for his music about civil rights, and anti-war movements. One I'd like to discuss about is the song "The Times They Are a-Changin'". The song was written in an attempt to create an anthem of change for the civil rights movement. It describes a new age pushing forth for change and equality and how those in power must accept the changes. When I listened to this song, it has this sense of tranquility to change in society and how many should welcome it for the better. In this song Bob Dylan writes to a couple of types of people in a society. Each telling them what must be done.
   The first verse metaphorically speaks to the people that they should admit that there isn't equality and time after time they will be sinking if they don't start swimming. This verse is kind of like giving people an epiphany that they can do something about it or drown in their dreams of hope.
   The Third verse speaks to those in power and how they should accept these changes that they have been avoiding. He gives us a picture of them blocking the halls and how soon enough their methods won't work anymore after years of neglecting because society will become enraged. So he asks them to heed the call and be open about the subject of giving the black community their rights.
   The fourth verse is speaking to the black mothers and fathers and how they should not criticize these changes but to accept them, because many thought it was crazy to make these changes. So he asks to lend the new road a hand and leave the old road behind.
   Bob Dylan was trying to write a big song with short concise verses each deliberately speaking to certain people. The Black community, The ones in power, and finally the parents of the black community.