Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Ain't Scared of Your Jails
The Documentary was very insightful. In a diversity class I took last year we watched a documentary on Martin Luther King which touched on some of the issues raised in the video we just watched. I had heard about the Freedom Riders before, but this video just a reminder for me all that they had to go through. One of the interviewees stated that "We were willing to do anything." They wanted to live full lives and they weren't going to let their race or the color of their skin get in the way of being successful. There were many risks and sacrifices that they had to go through. There would be many times when they would get sent to jail because of the sit-ins. Protesting would result in violence from the people who disagreed with the Civil Rights Movement, and anyone standing up for the African Americans would get severely injured. Also is was shocking to watch that some people would go as far as blowing up parts of the buses, to stop what the Freedom riders were doing. "They didn't know what to do, but they knew something needed to be done (to help the African Americans)."