SocialChange and Ethnic Inequality
Socialchange is the gradual or sudden change of the human environment inrelation to areas that touch on their day to day cohabitation intheir living space (Pearlman, (2012). These changes often involvesvital areas such as changes of the economy, environment, religion,culture and society (Pearlman, 2012). Ethnic inequality relates tothe degree of contrast in the living conditions of human beings andthe origin of their race and colour of the skin (Meline,2016). Consequently, these changes in the society always ignite aseries of battles between the oppressor and the oppressed (Pearlman,2012). Hereby, the minor ethnic community tries to air out theirgrievances to the superior ethnic groups in bid to fight for theirequal share of the limited resources (Meline,2016). For an effective conveyance of their struggles in the end, theminority groups opt to the formation of a socialist movement thatrepresents their unheard woes and cries.
TheBlack Panther Party, an example of such a group, was formed in theUnited States in 1966 by the minority Black Americans (Nelson,(2012).This was a movement created by young Black Americans torepresent all the minor groups in America (Meline,2016). After the end of the World War 2, the black community faced aharsh sweeping that included forceful migrations and exiles fromtheir initial living spaces. During that period there was a lot ofblack race oppression and they did not have basic human rights asindicated (Meline,2016). Large masses of innocent citizens from the minority wereoppressed and imprisoned unfairly and therefore, the Black Pantherparty was formed to fight this oppression (Pearlman, 2012). Thismovement led by the founders, Bobby Suale and Huey Newton, resultedto using violence as a means of having their grievances attended tosoonest possible (Meline,2016). According to the author, a former member also known as BigMan, their cardinal aim was to break the ethnic inequality byadvocating for equality in education systems, an end to black peopleoppression, proper housing and equal employment opportunities.
Inorder to survive, this movement worked in a well displayed level ofpsychological display of aggression and humiliation whereby the whitesupremacy mind set was a norm (Nelson, 2012). Infringement of theirrights, police brutality and murders made the minority group to uniteand fight a major ethnic society that was making it impossible forthem to survive in the limited space (Nelson, 2012). Although themovement existed for a short period of time due to aggravatedviolence and deaths of the major and minor communities, it played avery vital role in displaying the effects of social changes upon theminor communities that were divided based on the colour of theirskin. In addition to their small number of members, inferior arms andlimited liberty, the movement faced many challenges along its waythat led to its downfall. The vital factors included high povertylevels, high levels of illiteracy, poor awareness strategy,insufficient resources and low living standards (Nelson, 2012).Having all these setbacks at hand, I do believe that the movementwould have had better results if they had used less force than theydid (Nelson, 2012). Had they decided to continue with Martin LutherKing’s diplomacy and peaceful demonstrations, their voices wouldhave been more effective and they would have yielded more results.The Black Panther Movement lost a lot of lives fighting thewell-equipped, more organized and tactical government.
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