Monday, November 30, 2015

Exploration 7 - Nick Reed

When watching Ain't Scared of Your Jails, the big picture that was displayed predominantly throughout the play was that persistence while fighting for a cause will usually end in triumph. In today's society, we often see situations where an organized group of people are unable to make a lasting impact because of their inconsistencies in practice or value of the work that is being preformed. During the civil rights movement of the 60's one had to be thorough with their practice against social resistance and had to show persistence in order to actually make a change .

Something that allowed them to continue to be persistent in their actions toward social equality was the way they were able to non-violently act upon their purpose, even when receiving nothing but violent rebuttals instead. In one of the scenes, a gentleman was arrested for being part of the sit-ins in Nashville and was heard telling his mother to, "be cool, mother, be cool". His attitude toward the situation was one of optimism and pride as he calmly got arrested on that afternoon in Nashville.

A tactic that the film used was old and original documentations of the events happening during the civil rights era. It all myself as the viewer to get a better look at how and what actually was going on in the sit-ins as well as a well provided explanation of the events taking place. It allowed me to connect to the film and be more immersed in the history of it.

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