Sunday, October 31, 2010

post 5

the impression i got from James Baldwin's essay "fifth avenue, it seems like black folk only stayed with communitties with other black folks. some how they were isolated because in some ways they wanted to be. in one part of the essay he talk's about how some people would leave their ghetto neiaborhoods to move to other respectable ghetto neiaborhoods. When i was reading this, it seems like that there is almost becoming a black america. the reason i say this because of james baldwins useage of the world respectable. i understand it as if the more "respectable" ghetto neiaghborhood in some sense is black upper class at that time.
so if they have their own type of upper class and lower class, wouldnt that make them their own sepreate society? the way that blacks in the south deal with opression there unqiue ways of using civil disobedance i think would not work in the north. if black people stop using buses and started walking and stay in white dinners only, i think there would be alot of unsolved murder case.i honestly think if they were to do things like that in the north, more people would get hurt, and i think there would be more laws that prevent black people from doing such and such,

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Malcom X speech

Malcom X speech what does mississippi have to do with harlem, talks about how the inequalitiy and abuse of black folk in america. Malcom explains that inequalitiy and abuse is not only in mississippi or harlem, but allover the country, he continue on stating that all white people are racist wither or not they are in the north or south.Malcome continues to go on and say's that you can not keep giving peaceful option's to people who arnt willing to listen. He said's the only way there going to get their way is by acting the same way they do. which is by being violent.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Post 3

Nina Simone Goddam Mississippi

This song may have a very bounce folk dance rythm to it making you wanna dance, but let that fool into thinking that its a happy song. The song is about the emotional distress this person has toward these different states in the south.And how this person is losing hope as each day passes by and how there becoming more impatient, as it is represtented by the melody of the song. i belive this song is targeting ploiticains both in the north and south. because they are the ones who have power to change the ways the laws and the people who enforce those laws work, i also belive what she is really telling people is to stop playing dumb.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

POst 2

2) What is Reed's argument about why music was so important to the Civil Rights movement? What are some of the specific roles it played in the movement? How does this relate or compare to your own experiences of the role of music in everyday life, or the relation of music to politics?

Reed belives that music is a very important part of the civil rights movement as so do many others belive also.Reed makes the argument that the music was more to people then just lyrics and soft meldy. The songs they use were mostly gospel spiritual songs. these songs would givie people hope and inspire them, the people could relate to these songs and the pain in them that some of the songs were change to talk about issues at that time. The relationship between music and politics is that you can use music as a tool to get your political views out there. and the use of lyrics can really make a impression on people.