Oppression: Then and Now

By Aaron Sembroff and Forrest Larson

The oppression of another group always has been and always will be. Humans will always find something else to criticize.

There will always be oppression in the world, it just continually changes form, from one way to another. In 1960's america, it was racism, before that, it was sexism. We deal with oppression today, and we will forever more.

Quote (Then)

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Oppression will always be, Dr. King knows this. When he speaks now, he doesn't call the world to stop oppressing, he calls the rest of the world to stand against it.

Song (Then)

Picture (Then)

In this image, racism and labor protesters in Detroit come head to head with the police.
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Speech (Then)


"And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!” - Martin Luther King Jr. -Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964

News Article (Then)

Then and Now

Now, in America, racism is all but eradicated, but oppression still survives. People are still fighting for rights. There are still groups that are being persecuted. Just as there always will be, just as there always have been.

Short Stories (Now)

Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia

These short stories show that opression occurs everywhere, on many different levels. Oppression is more prevalent and in larger scales in countries like Saudi Arabia where the government is not looking out for the people as much as they should.

Movie (Now)

Les Miserables

Last year this opera-turned-movie swept the nation, and gained many fans. Many people saw the movie, most liked it, few thought about how it ties into today's world.

In this clip, we see Gavrosch explaining to the audience how the rich nobles are pressing the peasants, simply because they can, to make life better on themselves.

There is another scene when the populace of monsieur lambert's town is working.

Les Miserables OST 2012 - Look Down (Beggars)

Image (Now)

This political cartoon shows the evolution of oppression.

It's quite simple, and literally illustrates the theme perfectly.

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Leader (Now)

Vladimir Putin, present Russian President

In the Los Angeles Times we see an article on the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In this article we learn that this Russian leader is strongly supportive of the Russian Orthodox Church, and just as opposed to Gay Rights.

Unlike Malcolm X, Vladimir Putin is for oppression, or at least in this form.

Documentary (Now)

  • Two Spirits

  • Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender

  • http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/two-spirits/

This documentary is an example of oppression recently, here, in America.

Speech (Now)

“This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” -Hillary Clinton, U.N. Speech on LGBT Rights.

We see here, Hillary Clinton is trying to make a stand against oppression, tis time, of the LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender) community. She recognises too, that oppression has always existed. That it has existed against women, race, religion, ethnicity, etc. all across the ages.

Quote (Now)

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about.” - Barack Obama, Nov. 2, 2008, while running for president, in an interview with MTV