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Back Black Reality Essay

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In one of his speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” During the time when Martin Luther King gave this renowned speech, blacks and whites were significantly differentiated. The gaps between the privileges of a black person and a white person were tremendous. Blacks did not have the rights to dine in a restaurant without sitting in a specified area, while whites can eat anywhere freely; blacks cannot sit anywhere on a bus except the back, while whites can sit anywhere they choose to. It was an impossible task for ...view middle of the document...

On the other hand “The Great Debaters” is about a group of intelligent black debaters from Wiley College, debating their way to the top. These two motion pictures similarly had shown that even the most successful African Americans have to endure racial discriminations during the period of the segregation laws. Of the four movies that portrayed the inequalities as an African American during the era of Jim Crow Laws, “The Ghost of Mississippi” outweighed others in realism, psychological evidences, and historical accuracies.
Realism is crucial for a film to convey its main points to its viewers. “To Kill a Mockingbird” substantially depicted the reality of a black man’s trials when he was accused of raping a white woman during the time of Jim Crow Laws. Even though in “To Kill a Mockingbird” Tom Robinson was clearly proven to be an impossible suspect of rape, the biased juries still declared him guilty. Biased juries were common when Jim Crow Laws were still active. Norris vs. Alabama was an example of biased juries during the 1930s. Clarence Norris was an African American boy, who was accused of rape along with his eight other friends. With Clarence being convicted, the state of Alabama kept its principal of excluding blacks from participating as jurors of the case; thus inevitably resulting in the death sentence of Clarence Norris. Sharing similar category as “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Ghost of Mississippi” was also an example of biased personnel against a black person in the courthouse. In the movie, several biased and lying witnesses were introduced to support Byron De La Beckwith’s fraudulent innocence. Sheriff McMillian was one of the witnesses that sided with Byron De La Beckwith. Sheriff McMillian lied under oath saying that Byron De La Beckwith was present at a gas station 95 miles away, half an hour after assassination of Medgar Evers; thus stating that Byron was impossible to have killed Medgar Evers. Just like Sheriff McMillian, two women from Norris vs. Alabama lied under oath. Knowing that the consequences of being found of having sexual activities on a train will be severe, the two women biasedly testified against Norris and his companions, declaring them of sexual assaults. Distinct from the two other films, “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Great Debaters” are lacking in realism, but still providing the main theme of racial inequalities. “The Secret Life of Bees” was based on true events, but its settings were fictional. The movie revolted a lot in its fictional settings; therefore it did not interpret the racial inequalities well enough through realism of settings. “The Great Debaters” is also a fabricated material based film, being the facts that Wiley College never debated Harvard and 3 out of 5 of its main characters were hypothetical. Akin to “The Secret Life of Bees”, this film fails to demonstrate racial difference through realism. Being the fact that “The Ghost of Mississippi” is based on a true story; while “To Kill...

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