How do You Help in a Society?

Throughout time people have written many literary works that has different responses. Many places these books, plays, poems and lyrics have inspired people to take different actions. We can say that a resistance is rising today, against the president currently in office at the white house: President Donald Trump. Citizens of the world are threatening the president with their literary works and show us what has been proven many times before; politicians have and will always fear the writers. One of the earliest examples of how literary books have inspired change to a society is “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine (1776). This was the first book that challenged the British Monarchy and is in a way considered the first ever U.S protestant literature. Paine managed, through his book, to unite a people (the colonials in Northern America) and inspired them to revolt against King George III. It can be argued that a literary work like this has a huge significance for how a society thinks, consequently, leading to change and might even be vital in a developing community. Therefore, speaking up and representing ones’ views through writing is vital in a society.

woman in brown suede peacoat reading a book

 

Racial discrimination has been a much-discussed topic in the United States of America and the history is less than pleasant. Slavery was abolished in 1865 after the American Civil War, the Jim Crow Laws were abolished in the nineteen-sixties. That begs the question: why do NFL players in America today feel the need to ‘Take the Kneel’? The answer is, of course, to protest the government and the racial discrimination they face everywhere. Taking the Kneel is an action that has taken place in the U.S over the last two years. The background for this protest is a Nike advertisement campaign that stated “Believe in something. Even if it means losing everything.». Protesting in this way, by refusing to stand during the national anthem, they have gotten wide world press. Thus, they have managed to reach a large audience. The football players who are ‘taking the kneel’ are helping themselves, the people who are too scared to do something, the small guys. Not only that, but these protests will be written down in history books and may perhaps inspire people to protest similar problems in the future. They inspire change!

CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/09/sport/nfl-national-anthem-preseason-games/index.html (12/11-18)

Common sense: https://www.learner.org/workshops/primarysources/revolution/docs/Common_Sense.pdf (12/11-18)

 

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