Essay on The Civil Rights Movement

1244 Words Jul 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Prior to the Civil Rights Movement, starting in 1954, many friendships among the youth of the United States were prohibited by parents. There was such a racial prejudice present towards members of the African American race, that parents of white children would not allow their kids to befriend children of the African American community and vice versa. Although in the present time it is clear to society how terrible this feud was, it was reality in the early to mid 1900s. Some of these children however, realized themselves that they should not pick friends based on the color of their skin, but rather for the person that they were. Many children across the United States maintained their friendships, even if their parents did not allow it. The sense of rebellion and righteousness in this generation allowed for the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement to follow shortly. Although prohibiting friendship due to racism is not common today, many other reasons can cause people to be forced to split up. Even with restrictions however, friendship can rule over every obstacle. The morals of friendship can even extend into the world of literature, where characters can go against any prior restriction to help a friend. Through the supporting actions and respectful manner of Manolin, a young fisherman, Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea, shows how necessary it is for one to value his own individual responsibility and ability to rebel, in order to provide and care for a friend.…

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