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Of Mice and Men Civil Rights

An intriguing, mesmerizing, and emotional roller coaster ride through the journey of the civil rights movement, and how it affects the cast of Of Mice and Men.
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Evan Garda

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Civil Rights

Civil Rights In Of Mice and Men "Be nice to whites, they need to rediscover their humanity"
- Desmond Tutu "Give the stable buck hell. Ya see,
the stable buck's a ni**er."
- Candy This quote shows us the level of discrimination that blacks had to deal with during this time period. Candy tells Lenny and George to "give the stable buck hell" simply because he is black. "'Why ain't you wanted?' Lennie asked. ''Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me.'" This section shows how frustrated Crooks gets when people treat him badly. He realizes that the only reason he is mistreated is because he is black. Lennie does not understand racism, much like a child. This is the best example of racism in this novel. "He has his own bunk in a separate ni**er room"
- Candy Crooks was so discriminated against that he was not even allowed to stay in the bunk room with the rest of the workers. Also, the others would not let him play horseshoes or cards, or come to town at the end of the week. The workers treated Crooks as less than human, and he felt the effects of this. In his converation with Lennie, he tells Lennie that he feels lonely and that people need someone to talk to if they want to stay sane. "I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."
- Malcolm X Martin Luther King Jr. was ahead of his time with his thoughts on racism. He led a peaceful protest and denounced violence. He started a movement that changed the world today. King began his movement in the south and eventually took it to the north.
Rosa Parks was an African American woman who refused to give up her seat for a white person. This was unheard of at the time. She was imprisoned and bailed out. Her action started the Montgomery Bus Boycott which was a major step for the Civil RIghts Movement.
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