Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exploration Four from Austin Craig

Ain't Scared of Your Jails is a definition of bizarre. As young adults in our current era, we do not often see bus bombings, public beatings, and a clear-cut division of North and South. One may argue that "police brutality" is existent when they fail to realize that, in most cases, officers are just doing their job. I've come to see that when one person thinks they're better than another, they will not hesitate to show what they think. How supposed superiority is shown is based on the person; will they be "blatant racists" or passive-aggressive?
"For generations, whites had taken for granted the second class status of the city's black residents. Now, the students were forcing people to decide whether segregation was right or wrong" (Ain't Scared of Your Jails)

John Edgar Hoover was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. Hoover was out to take down the KKK, the Black Panthers, and Martin Luther King Jr. For MLKJ in particular, Hoover constantly surveyed him illegally, trying to find proof of "Communist influence or sexual deviance" ( Hoover was a racist and was heavily criticized for his actions, but was still revered for his advancements.

Recognition for a "hero."

"The Dentist" stood out because Curt Lemon had a phobia for the dentist and was so embarrassed when he refused to see the dentist. Once he decided to see the captain, he was feeling better; a pulled tooth helped him. What I get from this is the small things make a difference no matter what you're doing or where you are. Small things like pulling a tooth can make someone's day.
"Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" is almost comical. Mark Fossie imports his girlfriend from the US for a visit and she gets into the war like another soldier. Only being deterred for a short time by Mark's proposal, she leaves the group he's in and joins the Green berets. Mark stops seeing her completely. This shows how strong women can be. Women weren't allowed to serve in Vietnam for combat, but just one comes over and does whatever she wants. The best part was when Mark was pretty much in disbelief.


  1. I hear the name J Edgar Hoover all the time, and I never really looked into all of the bad things he did as a human being and as the director of the FBI

  2. I guess he didn't get the memo that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Jokes aside I am surprised he was that daring as to send that letter to MLKJ.

  3. It's people like him that thinks there are doing the right thing, but he's just sending the wrong message in what he is doing.


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