Blog Assignment #2 Soldiers Without Swords

1 Mar


” The Black Press” is a piece of  American history few are familiar with as there are just a handful of African-American publications in circulation throughout the country. This film draws on ideas that have been discussed in lab and lecture such as “A Call for Action”, Strength in Numbers, Resistance, dissemination of information,etc….  What resonated with you in this film?  How might ” The Black Press” inform and influence new media outlets?

Please keep your responses to a couple of paragraphs and include your first and last name in the title of the post. Please post your response by 9:00am Monday March 4, 2013.


8 Responses to “Blog Assignment #2 Soldiers Without Swords”

  1. Evelyn ALmonte March 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    What resonated with me the most is the fact that a “Voice” for all people, regardless of race or color has been lost. It is very important to have these voices speaking out all of the time. Today we cannot afford to loose touch with the reality that discrimination and slavery still exists. These are issues that the regular press fails to inform us about. There is women slavery in many countries where females are exploited for sex and money. There is also the issue of children that work at a very young age and are utilized as sex objects. The legacy of Charlotta Bass, Robert Abbot, Edward “Abie” Robinson, George Barbour, Chester Commodore and many other courageous Americans must be kept alive. We must strive to have a “fearless voice” which is able to indicate when discrimination occurs. In this year 2013 there were two relevant issues we must ponder; the white father in a MichiganHospital that indicated that he did not want any African American nurses treating his baby(and it was written on the Nurse Schedule kept by the Hospital) and the man on a commercial plane that slapped a black baby on the face on told his mother to make her little “the N word” shut up. If we let these incidents escalate we will find that we will live in a United States of America with no unity at all. What I am trying to say is “this is not an issue involving just African Americans” but all of us, including Whites, are being discriminated in one way or the other. The baton is there and we have to pick it up otherwise our country will be a total mess.

  2. khalidvetro March 4, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    The movie itself was quite insightful, The people that were interviewed throughout the film, as well as what transpired throughout the film. What resonated with me was the struggles that black people were faced with yet they still managed to get past it. The white people had cruel and very oppressing intentions to keep black people under. Some cases of appalling actions were when black people were burned alive, hanged, or lynched for offenses (not crimes) that in today’s age might not have been paid much attention, What really stood out to me out of the entire film was information was passed around about the jobs and possibility of a better life up north. Black people began to move up north from the south and when the white people found out, they did every possible to ensure that black didn’t go up north. This, in turn, allowed the white people to keep blacks in their oppressing and downgrading clutches. Another mentionable yet interesting point of the movie was when the black newspaper was prohibited from being sold and nevertheless, black found a way to get their voice voice, one way or another; using trains as their media distribution.This film opened my eyes, not so much to how black people used to be the bottom of the barrel in society, but rather how people did all they could to keep black people down.

  3. Nashay March 4, 2013 at 4:23 am #


    The film was very interesting to me. Its amazing that something African Americans could not do at one point became every thing to them. Once they could read, and write they took advantage of this craft to create newspapers that spoke for what they African American’s stand for. These soldiers used their pens as a weapon; they were angry but they didn’t create violent acts they just wrote about how they felt. They also used cartoons and drawings as a means of expression. One of the artists in the film was talking about how the white people would portray them as these characters with huge lips, and eyes, and big ears. It was a bit amusing to me when to see that they would draw themselves the same way in their newspaper. They knew they didn’t look that way but they drew themselves like this anyway in a mocking manner and to say how foolish the white peoples image of them were.
    The film mentioned that “black press had attitudes”. This is something that stood out to me because the journalists, and people who the newspaper spoke for had every reason to be mad. They were still fighting for freedom everyday and facing a lot of obstacles. The fact that the press had attitude goes to show how important this meant to them to be heard. If you are putting your all into something, your emotion will reflect through it and this is what I think was happening with the newspapers and other press.
    Today, a lot of things are still going on that needs to be addressed. They weren’t afraid back then to say what they felt needed to be talked about, I can only imagine they felt they had nothing to lose. Now, alot of things are censored and theres so many ways in which your message can be changed that sometimes what needs to be said never clearly gets across. These journalist were very brave and inspirational and paved the way for many generations of not only journalists but photographers, artist, and many other things.

  4. anthonybynum March 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    THE WRITTEN WORD-Anthony Bynum

    While I watched “Soldiers Without Swords”, I couldnt help but think of Faherenhieght 451. Both the movie and the book exhibit how the powerful, attempt to surpress individual voice and expression communicated through written text in order to maintain a sepecific power structure. In this movie however one can feel the soul that the black media possesed at that time. It was a life line for the people by the people that could be trusted. Another factor that stood out was the amount of black newspapers were around at the time. Many came and went but they tried to make a voice for themselves. After so many years of illiteracy and lack of media knowledge, a unifying form of commincation was being established at it was reassuring.

    The Black Press could show media outlets how important it is to cater to tighter knit demograpic area. Of course the media addresses the larger, broad issues, but like the Black Press their needs to be some vested interest in more community based media outlets. When the movie talked about the adds in the Chicago Defender it reminded me of Craigslist and its revelutionary influence on internet shopping.

  5. Serra Canca March 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm #


    “The Black Press” gives us an example of underground media. It is made up of the voices that struggle to be heard and the words that only few will ever lay eyes upon or have ringing in their ears. It is a story of those who looked into the threatening eyes of the face of death to bring justice to a country where the way people were treated was determined by the color of their skin.
    In this film, the bravery shown by the people involved with the black press was what stayed with me the most. Doing everything they could to spread the word… the relentless, ambitious attitude expressed by the people behind the texts read by the oppressed was something, in my opinion, to admire.
    “The Black Press” gives new media outlets the reminder that– if the word is important and meaningful enough– it will come through, even if grazing fire was what it took to get the information out. It can also remind us, today, to never give up on something that means so much to you, to those around you… or both.

  6. khu0014 March 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    The film tells the story of the black press. I believe that the black press was a creation of a minority who were tired of other people telling their story. What resonated with me was the idea that everyone has a “voice.” and blacks felt compelled to tell their story in their own voices. Segregation accelerated that process because it was a reality in the South.

  7. pmichramirez March 12, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    “The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords” really gave an insight on how journalism was able to transcend messages, news and stories in such a powerful way in a community that was being oppressed. With this, they were able to reach so many homes and instill solidarity, hope and a promise of a better future. What really stood out to me the most, was indeed the lack of violence. Instead they would target back in their newspapers, in often humorous ways. One part that I found funny, was when Abbott from the Chicago Defender would put white in parenthesis after every white person mentioned. This newspaper was an outlet for people to laugh, cry, be informed, and come together as a community.

    “The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords” will inform and influence, but it might be shown in a different way today. Instead of starting a new publication, a blog online, or a YouTube channel would be more appropriate. The message that I feel that this documentary gives the most, is that when something is really important, people will fight for it. It was important for this community to have it’s own publication, to tell stories and deliver news, to educate the coming generations, and this is what brought a community even closer.

    -Posted to an entirely different blog by accident! 😦

  8. nquinto1 March 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    What resonated with me after watching “The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords” was the non-violent means in which the blacks were able to fight back using the media. It is a powerful and effective method that demonstrates its power to this date. It is evident in its relevance to our current Media class as it is one of the videos we are watching. The acquiring of words, pictures and ideas adding to their armory of devices was a means of nonviolent retribution for the oppressing ways of the whites. The use of comic book strips and cartoons was a clever way of getting their message across. Blacks were able to “beat them in their own game,” declaring a “literate” war, using a system of communication against the whites.

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