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    For Colored Girls

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    For Colored Girls In 2010 Lionsgate released For Colored Girls, a movie written and directed by Tyler Perry that was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s award winning play, For Colored Girls who have considered suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Perry’s film is the latest interpretation of Shange’s landmark work which was conceived over 35 years ago and was first performed in 1974 as a series of poetic monologues accompanied by dance and music at The Bacchanal bar in Berkeley, California. The author, born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, changed her name in 1971 to Ntozake Shange (which means, “She who comes with her own things” and “She who walks with lions” in Xhosa, the Zulu language). Shortly afterward, an artistic…

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    “For My People” has a reoccurring theme of blacks overcoming adversity. Overcoming adversity is also a common theme in Richard Wright’s “The Ethics of Jim Crow”. Walker’s poem and Wright’s autobiography exemplifies the notion that colored are victims to a system that constantly mistreats them. “For My People” demonstrates how colored people are victims of the system as early as childhood because at school children “discovered [they] were black and poor and small and different” (Walker, 320).…

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    White Supremacism Analysis

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    oppression of the privileged. Oppression on the privileged, incentivizes these people in power to protect and secure their socioeconomic status and quality of life. To do so, a system of oppression must be created to systematically oppress a specific group of people to secure and maximize privileges/opportunities. White supremacy and slavery were one of many forms used to securing or improving white Europeans socioeconomic status and quality of life. In the following, we will discuss how white…

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    Jim Crow Dbq

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    Ryder is willing to abandon his racial heritage, which would mean his very own identity, just to clear his colored status. For a high class person, who has earned his place solely with effort, to agree to this trade shows the tremendous pressure and discrimination society has placed on colored people. These terrible acts of racism, legalized by the Jim Crow’s laws, were evident and can be observed in the picture of a Black American drinking from a fountain specifically labeled “COLORED”. In the…

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    Punished for Studying “They were remarkable, he said -- as sober as judges,” (Martin 70). These extraordinary sit-ins were to achieve rights for colored people who suffered atrociously. Can you imagine sitting at a diner counter with someone you love and knowing you might get beat to death? In the short story, “The Welcome Table” by Lee Martin from his collection, The Least You Need to Know, explains a seventeen year old boy experiencing this first hand, by displaying the atrocious acts on…

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    Coconut By Fikile

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    “It’s not what you are that is holding you back. It’s what you think you are not.” -Anonymous. In the book “Coconut”, the girls in the story, Ofilwe and Filkile are both colored people who didn’t fit in with the society and who also had low -self esteem. They felt like since they were black they weren’t good enough. They wanted to fit in with everybody. They wanted to feel important like everyone else. They wanted to change their appearance. Fikile was the most changeable person, who hated the…

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    Rivera, 2 colored employees less and white employees would be paid more because they had to work with colored people”. This reminds me about what we talked in sociology class and how there is a big difference in the wages a colored person makes compared to a white person. When Marcal mentioned this she was trying to explain how the wages between whites and blacks are different and how it affects the economy. It affects the economy by having to pay more to the white employees than the black…

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    She focusses on the negatives forces which affects both her and Bigger while, ignoring the different factors which cause these misfortunes. Also, ignoring the difference between Bigger and herself. This is evident when Peggy tries to formulate with Bigger by bringing up two things which arise from different sources. Peggy says how the pain felt by African Americans are like the Irish, “My folks in the old country feel about England like the colored folks feel about this country. So, I know…

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    “Perhaps what complaining black males want the world to hear is that envy and desire are not aspects of love.” - Bell Hooks, “We Real Cool” For centuries black men have been objectified and dehumanized by the patriarchal world around them. Whether it be on television, in porn, or in published print, men of color are constantly challenged of their masculinity, sexuality, and acceptability by the privileged class. By using examples from the critically acclaimed drama Nymphomaniac; Volume Two by…

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    discrimination. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez is set in the late 1930’s. This was the time period where racism was still very existent. There was segregation going on where colored people could not even go to certain places at certain times or not at all. In the book for example, Naomi one of the main characters who is “Mexican” goes to Turners General Store for some food. This store was particularly for whites to go grocery shopping. There were specific times for her “kind” to grocery…

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