Monday, September 17, 2012

What Would you Fight For?

       For an average everyday American fighting for your freedom isn't normal. Could you picture being beaten for casually walking down the streets of Memphis. Well, that is just what happened to Richard Wright. On the way to the grocery store a gang of boys beat him up and took his money. He is sent by his mother another time and she gives him a stick to ward off the boys. Richard fights the boys with the stick and got a new respect from the town. And that's how he earned The Rights to the Streets of Memphis.

      Most people grow up hearing that violence will never resolve a situation but in some cases is it may be necessary. If you are in a situation like Richard then you may not have another option. Some people don't like violence at all and there are other ways to settle problems. One way is to talk it out. When you have a problem with someone you could talk in a calm respectful voice. Another way is to get a  to help your problem or disagreement. We have all been in an altercations or debates. But sometimes things get taken to far. One experience that I have had was my friend and her sister got into a fight. I was the mediator in this situation and talked to them until they made up.

     Malcolm X can be related to this story because both Richard used violence to get his point across just like him. But Martin Luther King did not use violence to make people listen to him about equality and rights. Mr.King didn't believe violence. He believed that speaking and reasoning to people could change the way people thought. He also used boycotts, protest, and speeches. Even though Malcolm X and Martin Luther King had different ways of getting their points across they both helped make a huge change.

   A you can see that violence can in someways be the but in other circumstances its the only option. The next time your in a sticky situation I hope you can think back to this fix the problem.
Afro-American Studies Department, Dr. Russell L. Adams. "Martin and Malcolm, Two 20th Century Giants." Howard University, Washington, D.C. Last modified June 14, 1998. Accessed September 18, 2012.       

 "Movie Reviews | Music Reviews | Behind the Hype." Cartoon fight. Last modified November 20, 2011. Accessed September 18, 2012.