Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Exploration 7: Ain't Scared Of Your Jail

The biggest thing I took away from this documentary is that change at first is always slow and difficult, but once change begins to happen, it really is something to be reckoned with. Change empowers people and allows them to be heard, which in many countries isn't possible, so we should appreciate our democratic system, and try to let everyone's voice be heard.
Watching this documentary showed us that some problems must be handled immediately and directly, because there's no way to ignore some of them. If you ignore them, they'll just get worse and those same people will think that they can just walk all over you. Somethings you have to nip immediately, before they grow into something too savage to handle.
The quote that stood out to me the most came from Martin Luther King. With the mob approaching outside he said "Alabama will have to face the fact we're determined to be free." This quote was so down-to-earth and realistic to their situation. He literally said what every black person in Alabama at the time was thinking; we will be free, we will be accepted.
The sit-in protests stood the most out to me, because they were such a direct and straightforward way of fighting back. They sat in places that refused to serve them, so they had to have a strong will to be able to look these racist people in their eyes and refuse to leave. I for one don't know if I could do it, seems like a lot of stress and expectations were placed on these people who volunteered to participate in the sit-ins.

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