Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Todays world is based on appearance, and most often the goal is not as importantas the means by which it is achieved. Why is this such a problem? Time after time,people come to find that they have wasted their lives working towards a goal which, inthe end, was never worth all that work to begin with, or they realize that they could havegone about their actions differently. The people of modern America are all about livinglive for the moment, taking risks, not making sacrifices, and never yielding to the longrun. Looking at the world of 2002, one can witness the apex of human civilization.
Who can question the customs, morals, and nature of todays Americans, without arguingwit results? Consider the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1991). The integration of the tworaces would have gone a lot easier and faster if both sides discarded their internalprinciples and beliefs and did their best to make the other side happy, thus creating anequal society.Until Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, certain literacy testsrestricted black voting.
This was a decent attempt to meet black demands, but the actonly opened voting rights to uneducated people (black and white) and put more control intheir hands, which was a mistake. That now leaves the question, why were there somany more illiterate blacks than whites? The segregation of schools is not a validresponse. It does not matter what school teaches it, the English language is the same. In September of 1957, at Little Rock High School, crowds of people against theintegration of public schools, prevented nine black students from entering the school. What a waste of time that was. Instead of getting so worked up about who goes to whatschool, people should have stepped down and kept their opinions, and oppositions inside.
This is an example of why bottling up emotions is a good thing.It is not necessarily ones appearance that make others not like him, but the thingshe says and does. Because of this, it is very hard to believe that white people oppressedblacks solely because of skin color. Oppression is wrong no matter what, but certainactions, and the way they were executed, which blacks took to eliminate segregation mayhave instead fueled hatred from whites. Sit-ins and bus boycotts are all forms of protestand rebellion, no matter how nonviolent they are. The Rosa Parks bus incident in 1955 isa great example of how two sides can escalate conflict. On one hand Rosa Parks refusedto be polite and give up her seat, and started a nationwide boycott against publictransportation.
On the other hand, some white guy has nothing better to do that complain that he can not sit at the front of the bus. The only thing harder than integrating two races is integrating two races when oneside is opposed. Due to, once again internal principles and beliefs (as earlier discussed inthis paper), many white people were oppose to desegregation. Whats worse is that thoseprinciples and beliefs where never justified. In some instances, such internal stimuli ledto acts of violence, and even murder.
June 12, 1963: an NAACP field secretary ismurdered outside his home. September 15, 1963: four girls attending Sunday school arekilled by a bomb at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Twomore black children are killed in riots of the aftermath. March 7, 1965: blacks marchingto Montgomery in support of voting right are stopped by a police blockade at the PettusBridge.
Fifty are hospitalized as a result of police brutality. April 4, 1968: ReverendKing is shot and killed at the age of 39. Although some points discussed in this paper may not agree with the ideas of freespeech and self expression, experience has taught us that it really is better when mostemotions, thoughts, and opinions are kept to oneself. The ability to conform to asocietys standards is hard, especially when those standards need change, and some notyet having been established.