English Connections

The theme that I have selected Is racism and discrimination. The texts I have selected are the poem Still I Rise written by Maya Angelo, the poem Nothings Changed written by Thankful Africa, the film The Hurricane directed by Norman Sessions, and the film Mississippi Burning directed by Alan Parker. The connections between the texts I will discuss are how black people are not treated equally, how the texts are based on real life, the texts are set in the sass’s, and the positive outcomes of the texts. Racism In the four texts:In the poem Still I Rise written by Maya Angelo, Maya is an African American who endured racism in the past.

Maya has written the poem about her past experiences of racism and discrimination and how she overcame it. Mama’s message from the poem is that no matter what people do to her, she will ‘rise’ above and not allow herself to be ‘beaten’ or ‘broken’. The word trod’ in the section “you may trod me In the very dirt” suggests that Maya was beaten down on by the white people of society and literally treated Like ‘dirt’, as If she was nothing. This shows the racism that Maya ad faced but she still stood tall and rose above.

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In the poem, when Maya says you’, she is referring to the white people. In the poem Nothings Changed written by Thankful Africa, Thankful returns to District 6 which was once his home and again experiences the anger he felt when District Six was first destroyed. Thankful endures racism when the government declared District 6 as a White only zone and being African, he had to leave. When District 6 was destroyed, and there had been a change In politics, Thankful returned, expecting the racism to be over but, covered that ‘nothing had changed’.From the section “No sign says it is, but we know where we belong” we see how Thankful and the others still feel as if the racism is still lurking around and that the white people and black people are separated. This shows that even though District 6 has been destroyed, the attitudes of the people had not. In the film The Hurricane directed by Norman Sessions, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a contender for the middle weight boxing championship, spent twenty years in prison for murders that he did not commit.

One night in a bar, three people were gunned down and two black men were seen fleeing the scene in a white car.Not long after, Rubin Carter and John Artist were pulled over and questioned by the police. “We’re looking for two Negroes in a white car,” the police officer says to them, “any two will do? ” questions Rubin. This shows how the police are just trying to find someone to pin the murders on. While question Rubin and John, a high angle shows the police looking down on them, showing how the police have all of the authority.

The case against Rubin and John was false from the beginning as there ere no witnesses who could identify them as the murderers.The only evidence that they had against Rubin and John was two burglars who claimed that they had seen John and Rubin at the scene of the crime. The burglars later admitted that the cops had pressured them to lie. At Rubin and John’s trial, they stood before an all-white and John, but they still made the choice of sentencing them to a life time imprisonment.

When Rubin was eleven and was caught by the police, Sergeant Della Paso immediately showed racial hatred towards him. “It’s a Niger..

. ” Della Paso says to the police officer, referring to Rubin.Della Paso is showing racial hatred towards Rubin by calling him a ‘Niger’ and by also calling him an ‘it’ as this makes it seem like Della Paso is above Rubin and does not see him as a human being because he is black. In film Mississippi Burning directed by Alan Parker three activists, two white men and one black, are murdered by members of the UK Klux Klan. FBI agents Rupert Anderson and Alan Ward and sent to Mississippi to investigate the case.

Racism is clearly shown in the scene where Anderson and Ward enter a restaurant and see white people sitting at tables and black people sitting at inches.The benches are clearly lower than the tables to show the hierarchy of the white people. When Ward sits at the bench with the black people, the whole restaurant falls silent and stares at him as he has disrupted the balance.

This shows racism as the white people feel as if they are above black people and that black people don’t deserve the privilege of even sitting with them. Also, racism is shown when Mrs. Peel asks the agents “do you think you would be here if it weren’t for those two white boys? This shows racism and how corrupt the Justice system is because if al the men murdered were black, nothing would have been done about the murders and no one would have come to investigate them. This shows racism as the FBI agents are only there to find Justice for the two white men, not the black man. Black people are not treated equally: In the poem Still I Rise, written by Maya Angelo, Maya is talking about how white people are bringing her down and discriminating against her which shows how black people are not treated equally as white people.The word trod’ in the section “you may trod me in the very dirt” suggests that Maya was beaten down on by the white people of society and literally treated like ‘dirt’, as if she was nothing. This shows the inequality between black people and white people as black people were not treated fairly.

This connects to Mississippi Burning where black people are not treated equally to white people. In the opening scene, there are two drinking taps in a small room. One drinking tap looks in good condition while the other does not seem to be in as good condition compared to the other one.There is a sign above each tap, and above the better looking tap the sign says WHITE’ and the other sign above the other tap says ‘COLORED’. It is clearly shown that the white people’s drinking tap is much better compared to the black people’s drinking tap which looks like it is in poor condition and is leaking. The WHITE’ sign is hung slightly higher than the ‘COLORED’ sign to show the hierarchy of the white people.

Also in Mississippi Burning, the UK Klux Klan was a group of white people who believed that black people were filth and that they did not deserve to live equally among white people.This is shown through their chanting “We want beautiful babies, not ones with black faces. ” The ASK conveyed their message though strong acts of violence. This shows how black people are not treated equally. This connects to The Hurricane where Rubin Carter is unfairly treated. When Rubin was eleven, he was imprisoned for stabbing a well- his death, so Rubin stabbed the man in self-defense. Rubin is caught by the police and is sent to a Juvenile prison until he is twenty-one while the white man who had tried to throw Rubin over a waterfall was not charged.This shows how the corrupt justice system causes white people to feel as if they do not deserve the same fate as black people when they have broken the law.

This connects to the poem Nothings Changed where black people are not treated equally. In 1960, the government declared District 6 as a White only zone. This shows how black people are not treated equally as white people are as they made District 6 a White only zone as if they felt that other races did not deserve to live there. When District 6 was rebuilt, and black people were allowed return back to District 6, there was still inequality. Crushed ice white glass, linen falls, the single rose. ” Thankful says to describe the fancy restaurant where the white people eat.

“Take it with you, eat it at a plastic table’s pop, wipe your fingers on your Jeans, spit a little on the floor, it’s in the bone. ” Thankful says to describe the cafe where the black people eat. This shows that black people are still not treated equally as the white people are eating at a new, expensive and fancy restaurant while black people are eating without plates from a plastic table top.Despite the changing political situation, there are still huge inequalities between black people and white people. Even though South Africa is supposed to have changed, Thankful knows that the restaurant is really Whites only and he feels that ‘nothing has changed’. Across the texts, it is shown that white people feel that they are above black people and have the right to treat them unfairly.

It is not fair that society is Judging people by the color of their skin. In society, we are told not to Judge a book by its cover.This is the same with people; we should not be Judging people by the color of their skin and treating them unequally. We shouldn’t be treating people depending on the color of their skin as we are all the same inside and are all human. Based on real life: In the poem Nothings Changed written by Thankful Africa, Thankful has Ritter this poem about his personal experience. The poem is written in the present text although he has written this about the past.

In the sass’s the government declared District 6 a White only zone.When District 6 is destroyed, and Thankful returns, we see his feelings of rage when he discovers that ‘nothings changed’ and racism is still around. “Hands burn for a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass.

” This shows Thumbnail’s strong, personal feelings, and the deep anger he feels when he sees that District 6 is still the same and ‘nothings changed’. This connects to the poem Still I Rise. Maya has written the poem about racism and discrimination that she once had been impacted with in her life.Even though Maya been through racism in her life, she did not let that get the best of her and this has made her into the strong person she is today. Maya was active in the Civil Rights Movement and was a highly respected spokesperson for black people and women. This shows the impact of racism on Mama’s life.

This connects to the film The Hurricane as Rubin in the film is based on the real life Rubin Carter and his story and biography of how he was wrongly accused of murders that he did not commit.After Rubin Carter was released the Wrongly Convicted and often served as a motivational speaker. This connects to the film Mississippi Burning as this is based on real life. Three activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Screener, though they are not named in the film, are murdered by members of the UK Klux Klan and the two FBI agents, which investigate the case, are based on the partnership of real FBI Agents John Proctor and Joseph Sullivan.This connects to society as these texts really did happen in real life. The black people in society were impacted greatly as racism impacted major on heir lives. This connects to society as even though racism is not as bad now as it was back then, racism still lurks around.

I think that these texts were written/directed to show today’s society how bad racism used to be before the Civil Rights act. Even though racism is still around, the people in society are not as hugely impacted by racism. Et the sass’s: This connects to The Hurricane as it was one night in 1966 when three people were gunned down in a bar and Rubin Carter was accused of the murders was sent to prison. This connects to the poem Nothings Changed because it was the sass’s when he government declared District 6 a White only zone. Because Thankful was African he had to leave his home. This connects to the film Mississippi Burning as a civil rights movement in 1964 was a campaign launched to get African Americans registered to vote.

During the sass’s the Civil Rights movement began and African Americans were getting all these rights. The ASK members became upset about black people getting all these rights so in Mississippi; they killed three civil rights leaders. Soon after, three civil rights workers were murdered by members of the UK Klux Klan and their bodies buried.

The outrage over their deaths helped in the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This connects to society as black people were greatly impacted by the change in rights thanks to the Civil Rights movement in the sass’s.Because of the Civil Rights act of 1964 brought in, this positively impacted today’s society as now discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or national origin has decreased. Positive outcome: In the film Mississippi Burning directed by Alan Parker, the film has a positive outcome as the FBI agents discover which members of the UK Klux Klan committed he murders. This also had a positive outcome in real life as there was outrage over the deaths of the civil right workers and this helped in the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This connects to the film The Hurricane as Rubin and John are released from prison as they are discovered as innocent. Rubin then served as the executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted and often served as a motivational speaker. This connects to the poem Still I Rise as Maya does not let anything bring her down and her termination leads to her becoming a highly respected spokesperson for black people and women later in life.This connects to society because it shows the people in society how even though racism can be hard on you; you should not let it get the a positive outcome. In conclusion, the theme of racism is clearly shown in the four texts I have chosen. It is clear from my connections that black people were not treated equally, the texts are based on real life, and they were set in the sass’s and have positive outcomes.

The theme of racism is shown realistically compared to society in real life as racism was just like this in the sass’s.