Oppression Of People Of Color Essay

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The myth that “all men are equal” has created false hopes for the people of color, who continually seek opportunities to excel, that just aren’t there. They have been led to believe that intelligence and ambitions are key contributors to one’s success. Even if they do possess ambition and intelligence, the dominant majority of the white population oppresses them. This type of oppression points out that new methods of struggle are needed, such as whose employed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Franz Fanon and W.E.B. Du Bois.
Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated nonviolence to suppress oppression in his essay, “The Power of Nonviolent Action.” King's factual and reasoned approach is intended to win his adversaries over by appealing to their
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It's the ultimate form of persuasion through words or acts, even if death is the only solution to be free from injustice.
Furthermore, Franz Fanon in his novel “Decolonizing, National Culture, and the Negro Intellectual” questions the basic assumptions of colonialism. He questions whether violence is a tactical assumption of colonialism. Fanon questions whether native intellectuals who have adapted western methods of thought and support slow decolonization are in fact part of the same technology of control that the white world employs to exploit colonized. Fanon states that in order for the native intellectual, “to ensure his salvation and to escape from the supremacy of the white man’s culture the native feels the need to turn backward toward his unknown roots and to lose himself at whatever costing his own barbarous people,” thus turning himself into the defender of his people (Fanon, 362). Fanon questions whether the colonized world should copy the west or develop a whole new set of values and ideas. In all these questionings of basic assumptions of colonization Fanon exposes the methods of control the white world uses to hold down the colonies. Fanon calls for a radical break with colonial culture and supports violence as necessary solution for this break.
Moreover, W.E.B. Du Bois’s “Double-Consciousness and the Veil” portrays the invisibility of black America, the separation between whites and blacks, and the obstacles that blacks face in

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