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Location and forms of power : When we fight for the equality of the rights, how the power shows itself?

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Today, I am going to talk about location and forms of power. First, I’m going to define this notion : « Location » could be important buildings or institutions that represent a certain form of power, for example Buckingham Palace – a symbol of the British monarchy, the White – a symbol of the American presidency. A place can also be a country or a state – for example the USA is a state which is powerful enough to influence events throughout the world and China is a major economic power in today’s world. As for power, « Power » is the ability to control others ; the ability to make things happen despite opposition. This of course leads to conflict between those who have power and those who don’t. After giving the definition of the notion, I would like to ask : When we fight for the equality of the rights, how the power shows itself?

Firstly, we’ll see the inequality between different ethnic in the USA. Secondly, we’ll see some Civil rights movements. And thirdly, we will see what kind of role does the media play in the society.

The racism in the USA has been widespread since the colonial era. Legally or socially sanctioned privileges and rights were given to white Americans but denied to Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans. Major racially structured institutions included slavery, segregation and internment camps. There is an example of the segregation - The Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow Laws were state and local laws enacted in the Southern and border states of the United States and enforced between 1876 and 1965. They mandated "separate but equal" status for black Americans. In reality, the blacks still inferior to white Americans. The most important laws required that public schools, public places and public transportation, like trains and buses, have separate facilities for whites and blacks. And there is a picture who show us two wash basins : one is clean, bigger, comfortable whereas the one of the right is apparently dirty, small. We can also find out that the two words “colored” and “white” are illustrating a dividing line between two communities living in a same country.

However, things slowly started to change. Some people began to defend their rights.

By the 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum. One of the famous events is The Montgomery Bus Boycot, which was led by Martin Luther King. After that, Martin Luther King became the first president of the SCLC. With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous speech -"I Have a Dream". Thanks to his speech, the civil rights act of 1964 was created. In fact, the overall success and influence of all these movements were allowed by the rise of media power.

In 1963, when Martin Luther King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, he also delivered his famous speech -"I Have a Dream". "I Have a Dream" is a public speech, which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights. In the end, the speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement. This is a good example that show us how the social media influence the movement, under the media’s


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