Murder in Mississippi Research and Reaction
Dylan Chase Watford
April 22, 2013
SOC 2275 TEAC - Introduction to Sociology
MWF 11:00 – 11:50
Race can be defined as a local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics. There are many different ethnic groups that make up our global human population that are characterized by these physical characteristics. In today’s society, particularly in the United States, these distinct groups all have equal rights and have the right to live freely in our nation, but this isn’t how it has always been. In the 1960’s there was a war against race and everybody didn’t have the same rights they do now. Whites and blacks were segregated and had a strong hostility between the two groups. African Americans at this time were at the bottom of the food chain and were hated by a majority of whites especially in the south. They were denied their rights and when they tried to fight back most of the time they were killed. The movie Murder in Mississippi greatly disturbed me by having to watch how my own race treated African Americans because they were different then them. I believe that all men are created equal and have should be treated that way. Of course that’s because of the society I was brought up in. But in the past people were brought up in a society filled with hatred towards other ethnic groups and the only way most people knew how to live was to hate others who weren’t like them. The movie was honestly shell shocking because of course we know the history of the slavery and inequality but watching actual events of men dying while they were fighting for what they believed was right is horrid. Not only did my own race kill James Chaney for standing up for African Americans rights but they also bluntly murdered Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Those two men were white, the same color as their murderers, and...
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