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Lukasz Handzel Aaron Kessler Eng-W131 1 December 2010 Macho Macho (Black) Man The 1950’s were the turbulent times of the American Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement is a representation of the tension and conflict between the different races. The African Americans were trying to overcome the segregation that laws and white citizens were enforcing. Many of these conflicts can be observed by the numerous protests during the era. Each side of the conflict was infamously known for the protesting strategies that they implemented. As the whites were associated with their violent out lashes, the blacks have been looked at through their nonviolent protesting. The contrast between the two groups and their way of handling situations is still being observed today. Representations of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen through the photographs in the ACRM Archive. The two photos selected represent two different events in which the two races are protesting. One photo shows a lunch sit- in by an African American group. The second photo shows a black student, Elizabeth Eckford, walking towards school as an angry white mob follows her. While the two photos may suggest whites feelings of superiority during the American Civil Rights Movement, they also imply different gender roles through their violent/nonviolent protesting. In the essay “Never Trust a Snake” Henry Jenkins explains the concept of “might makes right” (298). Using the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as an example, Jenkins explains how “moral authority is linked directly to the possession of physical strength” (298). Aggression and physical violence, which can represent physical strength, is class-specific to those who do
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manual and not intellectual labor (299). He argues that the WWF supplies a fantasy of empowerment in which “might makes right”. Physical violence can be said to be a working class utopian fantasy because it empowers the person over the oppression received in manual labor (299). This gives the sense that fighting gives the laborer authority over how he has been treated while working. If the manual laborer is physically dominant over his enemy or opponent, it gives
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course ENG-W 131 taught by Professor Neal during the Spring '08 term at Indiana.

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