Movie industry and book creating are very common items, if to observe them in general terms. Films and books are aimed to entertain people, to make them relax or give them an opportunity to thing over some issues or discussed life problems. Films and books create some new reality which involves readers and viewers into the new unknown world. People are caught by that unknown reality and do not want to release out of it till the story, created in the book or film, do not get to its logical end.
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We are going to consider two creations: the book “Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High” by Melba Pattillo Beals and the film “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” produced and directed by Keith A. Beauchamp.
The documentary story, presented in the film, is a telling about the social problems. The title says for itself: the untold story. It is not because the story was not announced, but the relatives of the dead 15 years old black boy did not have an opportunity to tell their story in the court, and the white killers were found not guilty by it. This is the story about the steadfastness of the woman before the injustices of the court system in the reference to black people society.
The problem discussed in the book is the racial discrimination among school children. The torture of kicks, sprays, spitting, slaps and verbal abuse were the everyday treatment and attitude to the child. The black children had to suffer all those malicious insults as there was no way out and nobody could protect them. The book presents not only dry fact about discrimination, but also horrible description of children’s feelings and emotions.
The problem of racism, which emerged in the book and film, is the confirmation that racial discrimination exists even today. The book presents the problem through the Beals’ diaries from her youth and by this is very touching and horrifying. The problem of racism in 1957-1958 is very detailed as Beals combined her diary with the newspaper articles and created her story. The film presents us the injustice of the society to the black people. The white men are considered to be not guilty for killing a black child only because he was black.
The color of skin was the dominating factor in the judgment about people. The society had some prejudices and did not want to refuse them. Nothing mattered: neither the age nor the human characteristics of people, there was only one feature which was taken into consideration: that is the color of skin. The reasons of bad treatment were mostly understood by adults, but how can it be explained to the child. And the question was up to date, how mother could submit the death of her son the reason for which was his black skin.
The color of skin should not be the border for communication, and moreover, it cannot be the reason for murder. All people are God creations and it is not at our disposal to decide who has to live and who should die. The color of skin tells nothing about the personal qualities of people and it is inadmissible to judge the person according to his or her color of skin.
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