Aryee 1 Kristina Aryee Mrs.Kennedy AP Language and Composition 23 October 2018 Civil Disobedience Essay Civil disobedience is the non compliance of one to conform to the regulations established by authoritative individuals. Varying instances are provoked by aspects such as discrimination, misinterpreted opinions, and disagreements. Corey Menafee is a male African-American who worked as the custodian at Yale University. A stained glass window has been hung up in the school depicting a derogatory image of slaves carrying cotton. Although the picture is depictive of the “history” of the school, several individuals have taken offense to the refusal to remove the window (“Yale”). When discussing the image, Menafee shares that it is “degrading” and “disrespectful” while promoting slavery and the unfair treatment of blacks in a time that has already passed (Stern). On July 11, 2016, Corey Menafee in a period of vulnerability destroyed the window in rage of its presence. He sought to condemn the school for advocating an offensive situation to thousands of students that attend the university, but as well as to stick up for his culture by relaying a sign to move past what is perceived as the history of the university. The window was not a newly controversial manner as it has been up for many years within the halls of the university. A married couple who are alumni from Yale University protested at their graduation for the removal of the window. She herself is an African-American and believed that Menafee’s act was “meaningful” and a representation “of how African Americans are speaking out more broadly against institutional racism” (“Yale”). The civil rights
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- Jennifer Dodd
- Martin Luther King, Jr., John C. Calhoun, Corey Menafee