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The Rosewood Film Vs. The Rosewood Report

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Through 1917-1923 there was a huge reign of terror against African Americans, where white mobs would show an abundant amount of violence and torture towards blacks (Rosewood Report, 1993, pg3). From Chicago to Tulsa, to Omaha, East St. Louis, and many communities in between, and finally to Rosewood, white mobs would come and burn down the black communities (Rosewood Report, 1993 pg3). During the second decade of the twentieth century, African Americans began to leave the South in record numbers to escape the oppressions of segregation. For many years, white Floridians had seriously discussed sending local blacks to a foreign country or to a western region of the United States. Many white had such a low opinion of blacks that they were prepared to treat them in the most inhumane fashion whenever they felt themselves threatened by the minority (Rosewood Report, 1993, pg5).Napoleon Broward, who was the governor, proposed that Congress purchased territory, either forgiven or domestic, and transport blacks to such regions where they could live separate lives and govern themselves (Rosewood Report, 1993, pg4). Racial hostilities in the North were enhanced by immigration of black southerners and the expansion black neighborhoods into white residential areas (Rosewood Report, 1993, pg7).
In 1919, race riots that were sweeping the country Claude McKay paid tribute to it by writing a poem entitled “If We Must Die.” Encouraged by his poem and of the NAACP and other black leaders, blacks now appeared in public with rifles at their sides (Rosewood Report, 1993, pg8). In southern communities, black residents increasingly carried weapons to protect themselves against the many lynchings that were occurring. Whites lived in fear, convinced that blacks were stuck on randomly killing whites. In less than a month the black community of Rosewood felt the assertiveness of the white mobs Rosewood Report, 1993, pg8).
In Singleton’s film, Rosewood, he tells the story of the huge massacre. In the beginning Fannie Taylor is running out of her house yelling that she had been beaten by a black man. However, the man who attacked her was really white and she was having an affair with him, but one person who knew the truth was her black worker, Aunt Sarah. I felt sorry for Aunt Sarah because she knew the truth, but if she said anything it would only make matters worse. As the film progressed a large white mob storms through Rosewood looking for the man who abused Fannie. Little does Fannie know that she is getting ready to begin a huge riot because she does not want the town to know that the man who really abused her was white and was not her husband. At this point in the film I felt that Fannie only cared about herself and did not think about the consequences that were going to evolve because of her actions.
In the middle of the film the white mob approaches Aunt Sarah’s house and demands that her son Sylvester come out. Aunt Sarah, being the woman that she is, goes out...

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