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Overcoming Inequality and Discrimination

  • Date Submitted: 06/02/2011 12:23 AM
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Blacks have suffered many years of injustice and discrimination. However, many things have changed in the past couple decades.   Slaves became free and the discrimination against blacks has lightened significantly. The success of ending injustice did not happen overnight, but required numerous speeches and movements against it for many years. Here are two well-known people of the time, Martin Luther King Jr. and Tommie Shelby. The texts of “Social Identity and Group Solidarity” by Tommie Shelby and “I have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. discuss about many different ideas.   However, they both agree on persuading their readers to overcome the obstacles of injustice and inequality of blacks.
In his speech, “I have a Dream,” Martin Luther King Jr. talks about freedom of African Americans. He starts it off with saying, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”(Martin Luther King Jr.), which made majority of the participants very excited to be at Washington D. C.   During his speech, he uses a check as a symbolic meaning of the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.   He argues that the bank of justice is not bankrupt because it still makes people to believe that the nation will give the freedom and justifying security to the African-Americans.   He warns the nation by saying that the African-Americans will not stop until they are granted their full rights as citizens.   Furthermore, he follows his warning with a method of gaining the citizenship right.   He says that the brothers and sisters of him cannot be guilty of doing wrong deeds and they must not satisfy the thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred (Martin Luther King Jr.).   He places a strong emphasis on white Americans.   Although many white Americans have engulfed the Negro community, the inequality should not lead to a distrust of all white people.


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