Jan 29, 2018 in Literature

Warriors Don't Cry

Melba is a young girl born on the Pearl Harbor day. She is an interesting character, who is very courageous to rebel against the injustices committed against the blacks. She is born a fighter because even during her birth, she fights to stay alive despite the malicious intention of the white nurse. It is clear that she experiences the cruelty of white people since her birth day when the white nurse ignores irrigating her with Epsom salt and water. Her recovery symbolizes her quest to fight against segregation. Evidently, she is selfless because she sacrifices herself to boldly fight for her people and their values. Segregation is a battle that is highly demoralizing because it erodes self-esteem of the black people. Initially, black people like Melba are born without knowledge about segregation. Eventually, they begin to understand differences between the whites and the blacks. They develop certain behavior due to their experiences with the whites. The cultural habitus of the whites and the blacks is very different. Through various experiences and activities blacks developed inferiority complex, while the whites developed superiority complex. Therefore, Melba considers the whites as being in charge. At a very young age Melba is faced with numerous challenges including her parent’s divorce. She is strong willed and courageous because she decides to integrate into Central high school without permission when there is so much opposition against integration.

Although there are numerous violence threats, Melba remains among the nine students who were put in this school. There is so much opposition against integration on every corner. The social reproduction theory suggests that schools are not organizations of equal opportunity but are perceived as being able to increase social inequalities. There is intense social inequality that results from interaction in schools, classrooms, and the entire society. In America, integration, especially in schools, was faced with great opposition. Some blacks also joined the fight against integration because they believed it would cause violence. Melba is highly confident in the success of integration because she feels that other people will get to understand black people. It is interesting that Melba still has faith in integration despite the intense resistance against it. Evidently, Melba is determined to prove that black people are human beings just like the whites, therefore they ought to have similar rights. Joining the Central high school can be perceived as part of her fight against segregation. She encounters many tribulations and persecutions in the Central high school but she does not drop out. Despite the hostility and rejection that the blacks faced, Melba is determined to acquire education. During this period education in the society was highly valued thus only the whites had the right to acquire knowledge. The whites considered themselves superior and they highly regarded the concept of cultural capital. Cultural capital involved skills, education, and other advantages that elevated their status making them significant in the society. Melba’s education can also be perceived as a form of cultural capital since her achievement could not be compared with that of other black people. Majority of schools were filled with white students and integration was highly opposed (Beals 50). 

Segregation highly eroded values and esteem of the blacks. They felt inferior to the whites and failed to make an effort to accomplish anything in their lives. Melba portrays a different picture of a young lady who is determined to overcome discrimination despite the hostility of a segregated society. Some blacks gave in to violence threats and dropped out of school. Melba and few others are courageous enough to continue with their education despite persecutions they experience. This proves that Melba has a strong character and the will to survive through all tragedies to achieve her goal. She is not easily demoralized by the mistreatments of white people. Initially, most of schools fail in resisting segregation and Melba and the other 9 students are forced to leave the Central high school. They receive help from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in joining other schools in other areas. The organization seeks out foster families that agree to educate the 9 until the end. In order to survive the persecutions of the white people, Melba and others have to remain strong and confident to avoid being perceived like victims. The 9 only had each other and they had to take care of each other's safety. Commonly, they are excluded from social gatherings because it is unsafe around them. Melba receives moral support from reporters who, highly respected her and make her feel significant. The Supreme Court also fought against segregation by ruling that segregation in public schools was illegal. During this period, Melba and the other 9 enter and remain in the Central high school despite violence threats. Moreover, the federal judge, Ronald Davies rules that integrated classes commence. This order gives Melba hope that the whites would learn to understand black people (Beals 67).   

Melba’s grandmother is also a source of encouragement for Melba. She claims that "God’s warriors don’t cry because they trust that He’s always by their side". These are the words of encouragement that help Melba survive through the struggle against segregation. She and the other 9 have to stand strong even though they are alienated by the society since they fight against segregation. It is quite unsafe for them to appear in public areas. Violence has become a reality in public schools and the blacks were regularly beaten. Ike decides to use the troops in order to prevent violence and protect the blacks, especially the 9. Melba and other black students are taken from their homes and escorted to school by soldiers. They are surrounded with intensified security in school. In the midst of the malicious segregation, Melba and the 9 still receive support from different sources, which help them survive the battle (Beals 76).  

In the society there are numerous injustices that happen to human beings. Several people gain confidence and audacity to fight for the rights on behalf of the vulnerable people in the society. Commonly, majority of injustices such as rape are not reported due to fear among victims. Nevertheless, certain rape cases that are reported are ignored, and victims are considered unreliable witnesses. This causes more cases of rape in the society. Every individual in the society has a right to justice. Therefore, it is inhumane to deny certain victims their rights for justice. Victims of rape are usually highly traumatized by their experience. They require intense care and effective psychological counseling in order to deal with the trauma. They require different resources to aid them deal with sexual violence. Most of rape victims who fail to injustice are usually afraid of rapists. On the other hand, the police fail to treat rape victims honorably. Commonly, the police bear a record of maltreating rape victims. Most of these victims develop the feeling of blaming themselves for the occurrence of the injustice. Others develop inferiority complex because the injustice erodes their self-esteem.

The society experiences numerous sexual injustices, especially its women part. Sexual crimes have destroyed the lives of many people in the society. Unfortunately, some victims do not live to narrate the story. These victims are brutally murdered after being sexually exploited. These rape injustices are also common in institutions such as colleges. Those people that suffer from emotional and psychological traumas attend counseling sessions in special organizations. These organizations enable rape victims to deal with their trauma. Organizations such as Rape Crisis offer counseling sessions to rape victims in order to deal with their past ordeals. Counseling sessions enable the victims to understand themselves and rebuild their confidence. Commonly, rape victims suffer from demoralization. Counselors in the Rape Crisis organization are aware that rape victims require adequate time to open up about their trauma. They are always ready to answer questions and attend to the needs of rape victims.

Victims of rape injustices should always make a commitment to attend counseling sessions. It is challenging to attend these sessions because most of the victims experience resentment when expressing their feelings. It is challenging to assume the role of a counselor. The crisis counselors should be a patient person. They should be patient with rape victims because the latter need adequate time before entirely expressing their problems. Others portray their resentment to the counselor because they are emotionally unstable. I would like to assume the role of a rape injustice counselor. It is fulfilling to help people solve their problems and give them the hope to continue with their lives. In order to effectively handle rape crimes it is advisable for a counselor to acquire adequate education. Moreover, counselors require vast knowledge in order to succeed in counseling victims. Counseling sessions are not always similar because of different individuals. Therefore, counselors need deep and broad knowledge in order to customize the session to suit victim’s needs. There are numerous injustices in the society, but there are always people ready to help the victims.  

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