Oppression Depression

Frederick Douglass, Frankie Mae, and Jose Yglesius all lived an oppressed life. Frederick Douglass was a slave who was initially taught to read by his owners but then forbidden from reading because it was a privilege for whites only. At this moment he comes to the realization that he is living an oppressed life, but he doesn’t let this top him and he continues to secretly read. Frankie Mae was the daughter of a slave who was determined to get an education. She was responsible and acted beyond

her years. When Frankie Mae realized that even if she was educated she would still have no power she gave up and died. Jose Yglesius was a cigar roller who listened to literature read aloud to him at work. He comes to the realization that his life is oppressed when the lectores were removed. In Frederick Douglass and Jose Yglesius this realization motivates them to work harder. But in the case of Frankie Mae this realization ultimately leads to her untimely death.

Many parallels can be made between these three stories and contemporary society. Just like Douglass and Yglesius didn’t let no stop them people today don’t let no stop them. People are told that they are not smart enough, rich enough, or good looking enough but they take this negativity and use it to fuel their fire. There may not be slaves today but there are minorities who need to rise

above this oppression.

The tools of media help join many disenfranchised groups together. People who wouldn’t normally be connected to each other can join forces using the Internet, phones, and social networks. An example of this is the Occupy Wall Street movement. Hundreds of people from all different walks of life joined together for the sake of a movement. Media connects people across the globe and allows people to spread and share their ideas with people who they wouldn’t normally be able to reach.

-Linda Khezrie

1 comment
  1. Interesting way to cut to the chase and just give us the link to OWS’s twitter feed. Nice.

    Quoting you, “When Frankie Mae realized that even if she was educated she would still have no power she gave up and died.” I think there’s a little more nuance to the story of Frankie Mae than this. Did it matter how her father felt?

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