THE ABANDONMENT OF SOCIETY
Robert Frank took this black and white photograph on the Fourth of July, 1958 at Coney Island. In the photograph, a young African American is lying on the beach in the fetal position. There are people gathering in the background to celebrate the Independence Day. Looking at the photograph closely, everyone’s dressing in white against the dark sky; while this young gentleman is dressing in black. He was alienated by the crowd around him, or in other words, by society.
On July 4, 1776, Americans claimed their independence from Britain and Democracy was born (Independence Day July 4th, par. 1). United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. He is part of those dynamic people, though he is so different from the rest of them. His skin is darker, or they call him “negro”. 1958 is the period of the European postwar. Soldiers should be honor, but he isn’t. Lying alone on the beach and facing away from others betraying that he’s not accepted by the society.
Being different in this society is not the only thing on his mind right now. After the war, recession starts to bite in America with 5.2 million people unemployed, especially for African-Americans (The people history blog). He works so hard to support his family, but he still cannot climb up the status ladder. This outfit is the nicest things that he owns. He keeps them clean, iron and wears them to work every day so others will not look down upon him. But it does not matter if he changes the way he looks, he will always be seen as a low class individual in this society.
Equality is about “creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential” (London Deanery pg. 2). The feeling of not being able to be included in a historic celebration like everyone else sets him apart for all others. The celebration of Independence Day tonight should be a gathering of every one of all races to...