Black History

Topics: African American, Barack Obama, United States Pages: 4 (1185 words) Published: December 16, 2012
African American Studies

CNN- Being Black in American 2?
CNN continues its investigation of the most challenging issues facing African-Americans with "Black in America 2." Soledad O'Brien reports on people who are using ground-breaking solutions to transform the black experience. The documentary goes on to identify what is “Being black in America”. It discusses, what I call the old Jim crow laws. What rights we have and still do not have still how blacks still gets racially profiled. Also, the documentary speaks on the subject “ Will President Obama bring change”.

The First couple weeks of the semester we discuss What it was to be black and What it meant to be an American. To actually tell you what a true American is I would have to Google the definition because to my knowledge, not too many people can tell you they own definition. According to the very worldly Webster dictionary an American is described as a native or citizen of the United States (Webster). I guess that definition includes me. Even though I cannot tell you my definition of what an American is. I can tell you what it is to be Black in America or for better terms African American.

Relating to the movie segment “Eye on the prize” of Malcolm X and the class discussion on Black Nationalism. On March 29, 1964 my intellectual hero Malik Shabazz better known as Malcolm x delivered a speech explaining Black Nationalism that cultivated my way of thinking about this situation called “being black in America”. The truest words I have ever heard spoken in my life were spoken by this gentleman: "We're not Americans, we're Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock - that rock landed on us (Malik Shabazz).” The words that was spoken in his speeches was so powerful it brought tears to people when they heard him speak. This bit of Shabazz’s ideology on nationalism means I was not meant to be an American. It...

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