Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Monday, December 5, 2011
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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Civil Rights: The Montgomery Bus Movement
This movement started in December of 1955. Rosa Parks, an African American, was one a bus ride home on Montgomery, Alabama when a white man demanded her to move to the back so he can have her seat. She refused to move and was arrested. That started the bus boycott that lasted a little over a year. People in the black community organized the boycotts and their refusal to ride buses was hard on the cities bus and shop economical standing. The bus boycotts started a lot of violence, however. The website, historylearningsite, states, “The black community of Montgomery started using the buses again on December 21st 1956. However, the argument used by the city’s leaders in court came true. Buses were shot at, four churches were bombed, and a bomb was found on the porch of Martin Luther King’s home. Seven white men were arrested for these but no-one was ever found guilty – a deal was done whereby those blacks arrested under the anti-boycott laws had their charges dropped while the seven men had their charges dropped (though King still had to pay his $500 fine).” Finally the boycotts stopped and the integration of buses was allowed.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ben West played a big political role by answering the "big" question as a man. That he did feel it was wrong to segregate colored people.
The freedom ride was important to the change and I enjoyed how the one guy said "That ride was like a military operation" because of all the police and riot going on while trying to accomplish their goal in peace and the right to ride the bus upfront.
Ain’t Scared of Your Jails
The Freedom Rides were composed of both white and black citizens who would ride on a greyhound bus into the major cities of the South, in order to protest segregation. The white Freedom Riders would sit in the back of the bus, while the black Freedom Rider’s sat up front. At their stops, the white Rider’s would use the “black only” facilities and waiting rooms, while the Black freedom Rider’s would use the “white only” facilities. The group of both white and black citizens faced mobs and violence, and had no police protection from the Southern state governments until Robert Kennedy stepped in. When Alabama failed to protect the freedom riders when they rode into Birmingham, where a huge white mob attacked the rider’s, the U.S. Marshalls where issued in to protect the Freedom Rider’s bus, thanks to Robert Kennedy and Robert Patterson. Along with the U.S. Marshalls, FBI men, State troopers, and state police followed the bus, prepared to stop any mobs or any attacks against the freedom rider’s.
What the Freedom Ride’s stood for was the most important role they played in the civil rights movement, and in getting ride of southern segregation of the time. It was a group of both black and white American citizens, standing up against the norm’s of the time, and fighting against the civil wrongs that were being done against African American’s by their state’s that were supposed to be protecting them rather than suppressing them with segregation laws. Through the rider’s persistence, and through their determined non-violence, the freedom ride’s forced the government to make a choice; either stop segregation, or be faced with an even larger separation of American citizens with more violence being done amongst them.
Also, the showed the power of people in masses. They all stood for common ground, blacks and whites joined together for the first time. "...and all you could here is 4000 footsteps..." They demonstrated a way of solving conflict without war and violence. It shows that violence isn't the only problem solver in the world today. It's refreshing.
I thought it was very inspirational that these students were able to organize and execute demonstrations that were so powerful. Their bravery is remarkable. Not just anyone would be willing to face mobs and get arrested. Their commitment to nonviolence is admirable, and sets a good example for the future for how to go about making a change.
I had not really thought about the fact that you would have to train yourself to be non-violent in certain situations. Your natural reaction when someone starts to beat you is to fight back, but you have to restrain yourself to make the demonstrations effective.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The people involved in the Freedom Rides had to risk many things. They had to realize that they might get beat up and they can’t fight back since they were part of a nonviolent protest. As the Freedom ride went on, “some freedom riders got hurt, but still wanted to move on” (Ain’t Scared of Your Jails). They also had to realize that as they tried to get their freedoms rights, they might get sent to jail. The protesters had to be able to stick up for what they thought was right but couldn’t fight back if they were getting beat up. They had to risk their lives because they never knew what was going to happen as they tried to get their own rights. In the movie “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails,” you would see the blacks getting hit and them not hitting back because they were part of the nonviolent protest. It was hard to watch because the people that were hitting the blacks and they were just trying to get the rights they’ve always had. They didn’t know how the blacks felt: isolated, unwanted, lonely, didn’t belong, depressed, and many other things. I feel so bad that so many people didn’t want to help the Freedom riders. They just wanted the same thing many people already had, they wanted to be a normal citizen. They didn't want to be pointed out just because of their color because they were really all the same.
I was also impressed by what the mayor said after protesters marched to his office and asked him questions. "I could not agree that it is morally right to refuse to sell something to someone purely based on race." It took a lot of guts for the mayor to say this, especially when he had not been very supportive of the protests before. It was a major turning point in the restaurant lunch counter protests.
My response to watching “Aint Scared of Your Jails” was astonishment. I was astonished by what they overcame and what they helped people oversee, but more importantly, how they did it all. No matter how they were treated, they never showed any violence. Without this group, who knows where society would be today. One man from the video said, “One thing we did right was the day we started the fight.” I agree immensely with this quote. If it wasn’t for the people in this group that helped change the peoples’ view on the subject, we wouldn’t be as united as a nation as we are today.
The tactics the students were trying to use were nonviolent protests. They started out doing sit in’s at local stores. Soon after they did the freedom ride through the Deep South, even threw violent opposition, the freedom riders still maintained their nonviolent stance. One of the most striking moments of the movie that I found to catch my eye was when Ben West was asked as a man if he felt what was happening was right. His response was. “…that I could not agree that it was morally right for someone to sell them merchandise and refuse them service. And I had to answer it just exactly that way...I would answer it the same way because it was a moral and it was one that a man has to answer and not a politician." It took a lot of courage to say something like this, given the circumstances.