- watch a video, then follow the instruction to write a 1-2 paragraph entry.( about half page long)
you will write up a one-paragraph reflection on the assigned Eyes on the Prize episode. This documentary series, produced between 1987 and 1990 remains the foremost record of the civil rights era, and one of the most important lenses through which many people view the Civil Rights movement. Your entry should focus on how the film presented this period of the Civil Rights Era. What did you learn from the film? What aspects of the movement were emphasized in the episode? Were there other views or subjects covered in your readings that were not included? What interpretation of the Civil Rights movement did you take away from this episode?
Episode 13: The Keys to the Kingdom.
- read the following material, then write a brief journal to discuss the question.(2-3 paragraph, about more than half page to one page.)
draw on course resources (readings, videos, and document problems) to answer the following questions in a substantial (1-2 paragraph) response. You should use parenthetical citations to indicate when you are referring to a course resource i.e. (Theoharis, 99). Once you have posted you will be able to see other students’ responses and return to the forum to make at least two substantial follow up posts by the last day of the unit at 11:59 pm.
Theoharis focuses on a particular day in 2013 as embodying the issues surrounding the politicization of the memory of the civil rights movement. As a statue of Rosa Parks was being dedicated in the Capitol, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case that would ultimately result in the overturning of major parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, with the reasoning that racism was a thing of the past. Theoharis argues that this intersection was “not merely ironic but emblematic of a larger politics of historical memory at work for a nation that wanted to place this history firmly in the past and diminish the vision of its heroes now put on pedestals.” (12)
This course has explored how these distortions are created, and the impact that they have on the way we understand the civil rights movement. Perhaps most significantly for your generation, as Theoharis argues “the mythologies…get in the way of seeing the continuities between these struggles, the shoulders current movements stand on, and the ways people can learn from past struggles to approach the problems we face as a nation today” (23-24)
What continuities do you see between the civil rights movement and protest movements today like Black Lives Matter, the Dreamers, the Anti-DAPL pipeline protest, Extinction Rebellion, Me Too, etc? How could we learn from the struggles of the “actual civil rights movement” ways to approach the major issues we face today such as continued school and residential segregation, mass incarceration, immigration, sexual harassment, to name a few?
Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14 th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell.
In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings ( Cheney, 2016) . The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.
God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader ( Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017) . While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.
Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “ arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.
To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.
Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed , 267.
Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies , 4 (8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica , 285-297.
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