Sunday, November 29, 2015

Exploration 7- Brianna Moore

      When watch Ain't Scared of Your Jails I learned how hard the black community had to work in order to get the freedoms that we take for granted, these freedoms and rights that we expect and demand on a daily bases. We can us this knowledge to not let history repeat itself and to stand together instead of driving a stake between gender, race, sexuality. It shows that if we work together instead of fighting to keep it separated that we stand together in order to bring us together as a nation. "Racial issues continued to tear the city apart." These issues were putting the towns against each other. Some were fighting for the city to stay segregated because that was all they ever knew while others were fighting for their own freedoms.

        During this time period in 69 different cites  from Greensboro to San Antonio more than 2,000 people were arrested for participating in sit ins in which they were fighting for the rights that we took for granted, fighting for simple rights, like when Leo Lillard was a boy and drank from the white water fountain and then drank from the colored water fountain. He said "Taste the same to me mom." They were fighting for the freedom to go wherever they pleased and for the right to drink out of the same water fountain as the whites. These people were arrested for fighting for rights they should have had all along.

During the 1950s the black community had many tactics that they used in order to get the racial equality that they were fighting for. First they participated in the sit-ins in 69 different cities, then they did the economic protests where they did not buy from the stores in downtown Nashville, and the chain stores that discriminated in the south were picketed in the north. Next they did the march, then the SNCE, and CORE, and finally the freedom rides. The one that I thought was the most effective would have to be the freedom rides, because even when everything and everyone was against them they did not give up. Jim Zwerg said "those of us who are on the Freedom Ride, we will continue the Freedom Ride. I'm not sure if I'll be able to, but we're going to New Orleans no matter what happens. We're dedicated to this, we'll take hitting, we'll take beating. We're willing to accept death. But we're going to keep coming until we can ride anywhere in the south to any place else in the south. Without anybody making any comments, just as American citizens."

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