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If He Hollers Let Him Go
Transcript of If He Hollers Let Him Go
Chapter 22 Summary
If He Hollers Let Him Go- Chapters 19-22
~Black & White in Job
"I didn't think of marrying Alice as a way out."(Himes 172)
Black man without investigation
2. "I don't know of any place in the city we can go now. The place in watts is closed for the duration an you know how most other these other places are - they don't even want us to park and watch."(Himes 165)
Ch 22 starts off with dream.
He dreams of killing Johnny Stoddart.
Marine sergeant is about to kill him, and Bob wakes up.
Judge Morgan wants to see him because his rape charges are dropped.
Finds out that the president of the Atlas Corp. wants to see him.
He has been given an opportunity to either go to jail or serve in the army with a choice of which branch in the army he so desires.
Last page, he meets up with two Mexicans and joins the army.
+Executive Order No. 8802
Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry by F.D.R in 1941
CAST SYSTEM IN 21st Century!!!
+'Stop, nigger! Don't, nigger! Nigger, don't! Oh, please don't kill me, nigger'
+'I'm gonna get you lynched, you nigger bastard.' By White Madge
Picture Work Cited
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• Peckerwood:pg 45
o “I had a peckerwood’s life in the palm
of my hand and that made all the difference.”
• Honorable Discharge:pg 203
o “He shook his finger at me, said, ‘Make a good record,
get an honorable discharge. It will do you a lot of good after this war.’”
• Packard Clipper:pg13
o “Finally I went ahead, just missed
sideswiping a new Packard Clipper.”
• Segregation: pg 169
o “As long as we conform to the pattern of segregation we do not have to fear the seizure of our property or attack upon our persons.”
• Jim Crow: pg153
o “Anyone who wanted to could be a n****r-rich, n****r-important, have their Jim Crow religion, and go to n****r heaven.”
• Lynched: pg184
o “…’I’m gonna get you lynched…’…”
• Cajoling: pg46
o ‘Her low, well-modulated voice was cajoling.”
o “When one of Kelly’s flunkeys came up at about
a quarter of twelve and said there was a call for me,….”
BUT, HOW ABOUT NOW?
Popular companies are still being accused of discriminating against black workers.
Case of Gonnella Banking Co.
The alleged harassment included black employes such as
You people are lazy.
I better watch my wallet around you.
Connection between Alice being a social worker and the Executive Order
Stinney, who was Black, was convicted of the first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls by an all-white jury in South Carolina. No physical evidence existed in the case, and the sole evidence against Stinney was the circumstantial fact the girls had spoken with Stinney and his sister shortly before their murder and the testimony of three police officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed to the murders. Killed by electric chair in
at age 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. On Dec. 17, 2014,
Stinney’s conviction was vacated by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen, effectively clearing his name.
After Madge failed seducing Jones, she made lot of noises by banging the locked door and throwing bunks and screamed 'Some White man, help me! I'm being raped. '
and.. he got LYNCHED by White people.
Bob comes to in a hospital bed
In a white hospital "there were two white-clad doctors, an nurse.... They stopped..to stare at me." (Himes 186)
Would have been admitted into a segregated hospital
Simkins Vs. Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital
Helped reinforce the desegregation of hospitals
Civil Rights Act of 1964
No Fed funding went to segregated hospitals
Bob talks about the company paying his medical bill.
advocated for blacks to be treated in hospitals and provide rights to receive medical insurance
6th and 14th Amendement
"You're lucky you're in California. in my homestate we'd have hung you." (Himes 186)
Out of 455 men executed for rape between 1930 and 1967 90% were black
The supreme court would not even confront racial disparities
The death Penalty was banned for rape in 1977 after the supreme court followed up on a rape case: Georgia vs Gregg
African American executions dropped by a third
Caste system, plays a big part in the book mainly because it is somewhat utilized in the Atlas company. In this case, some blacks who are in a position of power are better off than the ones below them in the social structure.
For example, in the Atlas company Bob is hired as the leaderman, a position that is higher than a mechanic. In another case, Alice comes from a high social status due to her father who is a doctor.
Anthony Johnson first landholder and slave owner
"The first cop flashed the light into the car, looked about the seats, pulled open the glove compartment, and brought out the pistol." (Himes 196)
Unlawful search and seizure
Alice calls Bob to tell him she changed her mind. They decide to meet at a drive in.
While driving to meet her he rediscovers the gun he was going to use to kill Johnny Stoddart and how close he was to murder.
This is the happiest and most positive chapter of the entier book.
Bob tells Alice everything about his fear and hate and how since he is black nothing h does will ever amount to anything.
Alice listens but then begins explain to Bob that he should appreciate the things he does have
"You need some definte aim, a goal that you can attain within the segregated pattern in which we live... I know sounds like compromise. ...We are negroes and we can't change that...Every person, no maater of what race, or colour is the captain of his soul"(Himes 168-169)
"You know as well as I do that part of your job was to help me keep down trouble between the white and coloured workers,' he went on. 'That was one of the reasons I put you on that job." (Pg. 36)
Watts, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Los Angeles, is located approximately seven miles southeast of downtown. Originally part of the Rancho La Tajauta Mexican land grant, Watts was incorporated in 1903 and began to grow as a community in 1907, when the Watts Station was built and transportation within Watts became easier. The town was attractive to working class families and differed from other suburban communities in that it welcomed white, black, and Latino families. By 1920, 14% of Watts' population was African American which at that time was the highest in California. In 1926, Los Angeles annexed Watts. The African American population continued to grow after annexation and by World War II the community was inhabited mostly by middle class blacks. World War II brought tens of thousands of black and white migrants from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas. The city built new public housing projects to accommodate the increased population, most of which were located in Watts. By the early 1960s, these projects had become largely dominated by African Americans, as whites moved to the surrounding suburbs which excluded black settlement. Watts increasingly became an island of black poverty surrounded by middle class white suburbs. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/watts-los-angeles-1903#sthash.RJf9Lw90.dpuf
"You can keep your job until the first baby comes."(Himes 171)
"...dinner clothes, cloth pumps, midnight-blue trousers, white silk shirt with a soft turned-down collar, a pointed-tip dubonnet bow, and a white jacket." (Pg.57)
It sounds very male chauvinism
During the 40's women's roles and expectations in society were changing rapidly. Previously women had very little say in society and were stereotyped to stay home, make babies, be a good home maker and wife. The 1940's were different, life for women was expanding, the men were at war and some one had to step up and take the men's place. Not only men were going to war either, the war was so big that in 1942 The Women's Army Corps (WAC) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES) were established. After these organizations were accepted congress authorized women to serve in the U.S. Navy. Going back to state side roles women worked factory, labor intensive jobs and become the attention of society in the entertainment industry. 1943 The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was founded. In 1945 Eleanor Roosevelt became a U.S delegate for the newly established United Nations. Through out the 1940's the amount of women in the workforce increased by 25-35 percent. This was a prosperous time in women's history.
Role of women during the 1940's
What does that mean "a way out"and "out of where"?
No Offence To Indian
Marrying Alice is Bob's way out of his bad cast status.
"You were the first Negro to be employed in a position of responsibility by our corporation and you were in a position to represent your race, to win for them advantages heretofore denied." (Pg.167)