African American Resilience On Overcoming Racism And Oppression

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African American Resilience on overcoming racism and oppression


The right to resist oppression is an inherent right to any organized political society to rebel against an oppressive regime, denied the rights and guarantees of citizens, that violates the policy guidelines of the electorate which chose him for leading the country and that Therefore, you should use all legal means at its disposal to restore order infringed. The right of resistance to oppression can be identified with the defense of rights in the abstract, in his capacity as an ethical-political principle that aims to safeguard human ends, but it is for the community and belongs to the category of political rights. It is subject to the individual but the collective or community, with the name of the people is a moral entity with personality and with political will in universal history and doctrine of democracy.

Discussion and Analysis

Discrimination against blacks was a daily practice in American until the mid-21st century. Events held to humiliate African Americans were not out of the ordinary. In Ralph Ellison's short story, “Battle Royal”, the money on the electrified rug represents the idea that racial equality was farce and that whites still oppressed blacks in an unfair battle. The blacks fought each other in real life just like the boys in the battle royal fought against each other. “Everyone fought hysterically. It was complete anarchy. Everybody fought everybody else” (Ellison, 231). The whites gave the blacks little respect because of the weak stands made by the blacks. “Blindfolded, I could no longer control my motions. I had no dignity. I stumbled about like a baby or drunken man” (Ellison, 230). The young scholar, who was forced into the royal battle, felt his dignity had been striped away from him. Feeling much like the Africans in America, the boy felt lost in this unknown place. He was going through the same emotions that the African Americans went through on a daily basis. They were moved from their homeland to an unknown world. Forced into slavery, they were unaware of how to set themselves free. The blindfold that the young man wore represented the blindness that the African Americans felt when entering the new, daunting land. After the battle royal concluded, the men offered money as a reward for their hard work and entertainment. “(Allen, 203)

I lunged for a yellow coin lying on the blue design of the carpet, touching it and sending a surprised shriek to join those rising around me. I tried frantically to remove my hand but could not let go. A hot, violent force tore through my body, shaking me like a wet rat” (Ellison, 233). The men had fooled the boys into thinking that the money was simply theirs for the taking. Instead, the carpet was electric causing shooting pains throughout the bodies of those who attempted to grab the coins. This represented the African American's struggle for economic wealth. Though they were free after the Civil War, they were still restricted. The whites would not ...
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