Tuesday, December 1, 2015

     The biggest thing I learned from watching *Aint Scared of Your Jails* is that no matter what forces try and stop or prevent the movement, if it is honestly what is for the better world it is going to happen and eventually the naysayers will be left in small numbers compared to those who acknowledge what is right. This is proven in different ways for the civil rights movement it happened with nonviolence, with the Holocaust it happened through war, and currently with the LGBT community it happened with love. They all have one side that initially most people thought to be correct and because it was taboo to think otherwise went along with it for a period of time, until groups of people who saw a big problem started to voice their opinions and one way or another got the views out to other people and it spread like wild fire. Now its to the point where we as a nation know you can't treat people differently because the color of their skin, their religion, or their sexual preferences, how we got there took different amounts of time and effort but what was better for the world and us as people came through in the end.
     The main tactic used to spread awareness throughout the film is non-violence in everything they did. Marches, the Freedom Trail, sit-ins, not reacting to being physically assaulted, boycotting, and so on all of these things happened without violences from the African American people because they didn't want what they were fighting for to be tarnished by a bad reputation of "the blacks fighting our people" or "We MUST stay separated because blacks don't know how to act" and even though most of the southern white people at the time where acting terribly at the time that wasn't perceived as a problem, it was normal or okay for that to be happening. Those in support of the civil rights movement understood that and I think the person who summed it up best was Alice Walker's son when he was being throw in jail and he told her "be cool mother, be cool." That to me is the epitome of what the civil rights movement supports had to do, to keep what they were fighting so hard for from getting off track.
     This ties into todays society because like I said before we know now after having to go through very terrible times that you can't judge or treat people differently because they look, believe things, or love people differently than you. Majority of people in America would think a person is crazy if they said there should be separation by color, but not very long ago that was normal. Its still very new for a lot of people, but now turning away a couple wanting to getting married is illegal based on their sexual preference. I think the struggle now is faced by muslims in America trying to get that stigma of 9/11 and current issues away from their culture.

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