17 Replies to “Week 9 – Black Freedom Movement”

  1. “However, we recognize the need to include policies that address the immediate suffering of Black people. These policies, while less transformational, are necessary to address the current material conditions of our people and will better equip us to win the world we demand and deserve.”
    This is saying that focusing on issues that are happening in present day is highly important because all the issues need to be addressed and then we can start trying to move forward in a positive way.

  2. “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

    Segregation as a law to be followed was unjust, but during that period, it’s viewed by the unaffected to be something that needed to be followed. The ones affected are discriminated due to this law. It appears that Martin Luther king recognize this and argued that laws that are unjust are meant to be broken in order for change to happen. This means removing this law in the first place. In some ways it’s good and evil. The good thing about laws in general is to keep the peace and order by eliminating conflict. The bad thing is the ability for anyone to exploit loopholes in the law and it ends up affecting other parties in a negative way.

  3. Let’s elaborate on this for NUMBER NINE
    AND JUST SAY THAT WHEN BLACK PEOPLE ARE BROUGHT TO TRIAL IN THIS COUNTRY WE WANT THEM TRIED IN A COURT OF LAW NOT OUT ON THE STREET BY SOME PIG BUT IN A COURT OF LAW BY A JURY OF THEIR PEERS AS SPECIFIED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It’s a simple constitutional right to be tried by your peers. In the 1960s and even today black men are not tried by their fellow peers instead they are already considered guilty once they are put in hadcuffs.

  4. 10-Point Platform

    “we want the power to determine the destiny of our black community”
    This quote basically summarizes what the 10 point platform really wants. The black panthers want to end the oppression of blacks from the whites. Whites have always been on top and prevented black people to achieve politically and economically. Unfortunately, what the black panthers wanted still hasn’t been fully achieved. Issues like unemployment, housing and mass incarceration is still high in the black community.

  5. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor: it must be demanded by the oppressed frankly. I have yet to engage in direct action campaign that was well timed in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation for years now I have heard the word wait it rings in the ear of every negro with piercing familiarity this wait has almost always meant never we must come to see with one of our distinguished jurist that justice too long delayed is justice denied
    by martin Luther king

  6. “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    I chose this quote because of its importance in sticking together in times of injustice. It is important that we stick together and acknowledge all injustices because if we fail to do so we only allow the cycle to continue more.

  7. “Together, we demand an end to the wars against Black people. We demand that the government repair the harms that have been done to Black communities in the form of reparations and targeted long-term investments.”
    This quote explains a lot of issues African American faces in the past and in the current. Government should invest a lot of money to improve the black community. By this way it will be more equal. Black people would get an opportunity in their own communities.

  8. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere […] Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”
    “We know through painful experience that freedoms never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed” (Martin Luther King)

    The idea of personal experiences lead the movement for social changes is the core of society. This ties to the relationship between “personal troubles” and “public issues” that C. Wright Mills discussed.

  9. “We recognize that not all of our collective needs and visions can be translated into policy, but we understand that policy change is one of many tactics necessary to move us towards the world we envision. We have come together now because we believe it is time to forge a new covenant. We are dreamers and doers and this platform is meant to articulate some of our vision.” The Movement for Black Lives”.

  10. “ The white lower structure of this city left the Negro community with no other altetnsyive( King 53).” Under the “ white power”, black people encounter a lot of difficulties race discrimination, unequal justice and basic human rights even in the black communities at that time. Black peoples have yo stand out and fight for their equal rights.

  11. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in a enscapable network of mutality,, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly, effects all indirectly”.

    What I understood of this quote and this letter overall is that Dr. Martin Luther King wanted peace but most important fairness for everyone. He worked tiresly for the human rights of African Americans even suggesting to commit himself to a nonviolent direct action group to dismantle white supremacy with other followers. I believe this quote meant that he believed a world that is seperated with fairness to some but not all is injustice and until that is changed America will ever be the land of the free for many.

    Week 9
    Black Freedom Movement
    “There can be no liberation for all Black people if we do not center and fight for those who have been marginalized. It is our hope that by working together to create and amplify a shared agenda, we can continue to move towards a world in which the full humanity and dignity of all people is recognized.”

    Power and control are two powerful tools men’s have used through out the history to oppress, deteriorate, humiliate and slaves, nations, races, communities and groups. Fear paralyzed, mental and emotional abuse suffering will killed the must beautiful dream and what I like about this quote I found in the black movement platform is the willingness of the movement to work and fight .collectively with other groups and people who had suffered and experienced the full force of discrimination and rejection by the government system, authorities and even in the hands of the politician who always promise to help the black community but at the end they only helping themselves. Fighting for collectively and working together to dethrone the unrealistic government system and inequality we still lived today in our land. I AGREE with the movement, we need new policies that help and promote solidarity, progress, a democracy that can truly be effective not only for one race but for all.

  13. “When your first name becomes ‘nigger’, your middle name becomes ‘boy’ (however old you are) and your last name becomes ‘John’, and your wife and mother are never given the respected title ‘Mrs.’: when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments: when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’–then you will never understand why we find it difficult to wait.” ( King 3)

    King, in other words, tells us that a white person gets to be called by their birth name rather than being put in a single box like black people. Things that may seem so simple are so hard to obtain for the colored folks, the people who are setting the rules haven’t faced injustice. Therefore, they cannot seem to grasp the idea of why these people are not stepping down. They will never experience such things; hence that day won’t ever happen so waiting is not an option.

  14. “We recognize that not all of our collective needs and visions can be translated into policy, but we understand that policy change is one of many tactics necessary to move us towards the world we envision.” Policies play an important role in our daily life.

  15. “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    I find this quote important because it is saying that, if we let one injustice go, there is only room for more. it because a repeated processes that only gets worst. It puts actual justice at risk because it become less consistent

  16. “WE WANT FREEDOM; we want the power to determine the destiny of our black community”.

    This quote to me shows the empowerment of the black freedom movement. I find this an important statement because all any colored person want is complete freedom. Not to be distinguished between the “white privellage”. We also don’t want are opportunities limited because the color of our skin or the history of our people.

    Any suggestions? You want education? What kind of education do you want? An education which what? Reveals the true nature of this decadent American society? That’s what I thought you said. WE WANT AN EDUCATION WHICH TEACHES US OUR TRUE HISTORY AND OUR ROLE IN THE PRESENT DAY AMERICAN SOCIETY. Put a semi-colon in between the first part and the second part cause a lot of young people will be reading the ten points; we don’t want to be accused of bad punctuation.”

    I chose this quote from “10 Point Platform” because though every point is important I believe education is a key factor in the success of Black Freedom. Education on the history of African Americans can be very useful in the development of resolving social issues. When individuals are more educated on their history and in general they are more likely to be more respected and more likely to get their issues addressed.

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