From our discussions, I learned that there were many influences that helped eliminate segregation in our country People such as Z Alexander Looby, Reverend CT Vivian, MLK, Malcolm X, and groups such as the black panthers and SNCC made tremendous impacts during the civil rights movement. During the Nashville sit ins, Looby defended those who were arrested to unite public areas. The SNCC or the "Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee" gave young African Americans the ability to voice their opinions in the civil rights movement. In the documentary, they described it as " SNCC was based on a new optimism, a feeling that youth could be a real force for change in the 1960s." They participated in the Freedom rides which was a protest to stop segregating buses. They also participated in non-violent marches which was led by Martin Luther King Jr. These young African Americans were mentally strong because they pain they were attacked emotionally and physically.
In the chapter "Enemies", one theme or idea that stood out to me was that you cannot trust everyone, even those who are close to you. A question that i had was why was Jensen not willing to forgive Strunk? He was acting childish about the whole situation. Is there a reason why he was not willing to forgive him? Is he holding a grudge against him?
In the chapter "How to Tell a War story", I liked how he explains what a war story is. In this chapter, he says "In any war story, but especially a true one, it's difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen." (67). I feel that not only does this occur in war stories, but all stories too. When I hear someone telling a story, i sometimes feel that they are exaggerating and altering they story a little bit because they want to make it feel more exciting. Another quote that i thought was interesting was "In many cases, a true war story cannot be believed." (68). Again, this can be applied to every story. They may be telling the truth, however the audience may believe that it is exaggerated to a point where they story is unbelievable.