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Words = Swords

6 Mar

What resonated with me the most about this film is the loss of the African American “Voice” which is a voice that stands for all oppressed people.  We are still dealing with slavery and discrimination today.   In foreign countries women are enslaved for sexual pleasure and profit.  In others, children are exploited in factories and agricultural settings.  Recently there were two relevant issues that are reminiscent of the times when the voices of the African Americans were condemned to silence; the sign in a Michigan Hospital with the father’s request “No African American nurses to treat the child” and the incident in a commercial airline where a man slaps an African American child in the face and proceeds to tell the mother to “shut the little “N-word” mouth.  The loss of the Black Press is a “Voice” we must recover for all people and I mean all, Blacks, White, Hispanics and people of all ethnicities and background.  We are all exposed to some form of discrimination this is why we must pick up the baton for Charlotta Bass, Robert S. Abbot,  Edward “Abie” Robinson, George Barbour, Chester Commodore, James Thompson’s and his double “V” statement, and all the silent heroes that were the voices of the Black Press at the time.  Today’s media can certainly profit from this example; fearlessly defending the rights of the oppressed through the power of the written word.

Evelyn Almonte

Blog Assignment #2 Soldiers Without Swords

6 Mar

I think one of the thinks the documentary tries to show is how deep segregation was in the South; it affected every aspect of the lives of African Americans. It also shows that race is a social construct; by itself, it doesn’t mean anything, its society that places cares what you look like, where you’re from, etc. 

Soldiers Without Swords (Cynthia Man)

4 Mar

The documentary showed the struggle that many African Americans faced during the Civil Rights Movement as well as their sincere efforts to accurately report the news as they saw fit. One of the most interesting aspects of the film was its portrayal of Edgar B. Hoover and his crusade against the black press for what he deemed as a negative influence on American morale during World War II. I felt it showed how politics had a role in shaping many forms of the media both in the past and in the present despite supposed freedom of the press. Another aspect of the film that I found similar to today’s media franchise was the use of advertisements as a way to generate funds. The advertisements themselves were interesting as well because they featured creams that could “lighten your complexion” as if being dark- skinned was a problematic issue. I felt it used people’s insecurities with their self image as a way to generate profit much like any other commercial or advertisement seen today being aimed towards teenagers.

Post 2

4 Mar

BASIL CHRISTY

Having watched Soldiers without Swords a couple things come to mind. Firstly the ancient saying, “the pen is mightier than the sword” which inevitably leads my mind to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Sean Connery uses a pen to kill a guy but that is neither here nor there. The point is that the media has a profound influence on our daily lives. It influences perception, action, ones very thoughts, etc. Media can effectively be used to accomplish anything one desires if done correctly. It really goes to show why media control is one of the first and most important goals of most tyrannical and oppressive governments.

Soldiers Without Swords

4 Mar

I really enjoyed the documentary especially because it shows the side to history that most people do not know about. African Americans who worked for the press didn’t seem to hold back. I found most interesting was the cartoon section of the film. Instead of racists retaliation, African American cartoonist portrayed black characters to be hero’s or leaders. With Black Press around, the ‘white media’ didn’t have complete control over African Americans. It was unfortunate that African Americans were being treated as second class citizens but with the Black Press they had a voice and used it to fight for equality. Very interesting film which showed the evolution of what media is today.

Soldiers Without Swords (Maria Ayala)

4 Mar

The film “The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords” gives life to a piece of history we didn’t all know so much about. “The Black Press” gave African Americans a sense of unity and voice. Without this outlet they were unable to express themselves in the media because all of the other newspapers were one sided. Unlike in the regular newspapers, “The Black Press” was an opportunity for the African Americans to show themselves in a more positive light.

With the internet so easily accessible I don’t think society has much trouble sharing their opinions or beliefs. However i don’t feel that people use this opportunity wisely. Some of the things we see in the media lack substance and meaning and therefore chance to influence society in a positive way is wasted. Much like in The Black Press, I think we should use the media to shed light on important issues that are pushed aside or ignored.

Soldiers Without Swords

4 Mar

What stood out to me most from the film was “The Black Press” and its drive and will for power. To face as much discrimination and ridicule for an extended period of time was one thing, but to use that negative energy to fuel something so positive and powerful was astounding. “The Black Press” provided the much needed opportunity to speak for those who have never spoken. It also gave insight on where there were more acceptable economic and social environments within the United States. Which many African Americans in the south had never heard of. All in all, “The Black Press” created an idea of unity and strength, something that African American community needed with all of the racism, violence, and discrimination surrounding them.

“The Black Press” can inform and influence new media outlets by simply stating the truth. The truth can be either beneficial or hurtful in several different situations. “The Black Press” spoke of possibilities and opportunities to help aid the African American community in striving for success in their battle against racism. This ability was powered by “The Black Press” being able to overcome the standard bias news reports and speak of what was actually happening right then and there. Therefore its influence was highly appreciated by many and its information was embraced.