Oppression: to Resist or Adapt? Essay

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Oppression: To Resist or Adapt?

Humans have this mysterious conception the one skin tone, religion, region, or ideology is superior than another human beings. From the beginning of mankind to our world today, groups of like minded people have degraded or oppressed groups that do not categorize under their idea of who is equal to them. The groups that are degraded or oppressed have historically shown that they either resist and fight against the oppressor or adapt and strive to continue living peacefully to the best of their abilities. This can be shown through the examples from the 19 century when African Americans were freed and struggled on whether to resist or adapt to post Reconstruction era America; in World War II between how
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(Phillips, 2012, para. 3) As these cruel and in just laws reached every southern state by 1910, blacks reacted differently depending mainly on their situation. Between 1910 and 1930, a mass exodus of African Americans leaving the south and heading North happened in light of low prospects and the oppression from the Jim Crow laws in the South. During that time major northern cities such as New York City, Detroit, and Chicago saw their African American populations grow by 40 percent or more as well as double of African Americans in industrial jobs. This shows that many blacks did not want to adapt nor resist the oppression that they faced in the southern states. Instead they moved in mass away from the oppression. African American intellectuals such as W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, among others in the north started to fight for equal rights by presenting speeches and writing about how the lives of these supposed freed slaves were still under oppression by the government and society. (NPR, 2010, para. 2-4) Using peaceful resistance to try to persuade Jim Crow law supporters to see how African Americans could be vital to society or illustrate that we are all human and equal. To further see how people under oppression react, it would be best to continue to the timeframe of when the Jewish population was being oppressed by the Nazi regime during World War II. Between the years of 1933 and 1945 at the end of World War II, the Third Reich

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