History Homework Paper on Warriors Don’t Cry

The story is about the struggles encountered by Melba at Central High School because of her race. Even though Melba underwent tough segregation struggles, she was able to overcome because of the encouragements she obtained from her grandmother, India. The grandma was religious and encouraged Melba to ignore the intimidation and insulation from the white students at Central High School (Beals 46). The grandma tells Melba that ‘Gods warriors don’t cry’ (Beals 47). In this context, grandma informed Melba that it did not matter what other people said as long as God loved Melba (Beals 47). The grandma advice helped Melba to withstand the segregation struggles of fellow students and friends at school. When her grandma died, Melba relied on internal strength to endure the segregation challenges. Melba became self-reliant and believed in herself to overcome the segregation struggles at Central High School (Beals 54).

Although the white segregated the blacks, Melba obtained help from some of the whites such as Link and Danny. Link, a student at Central High School helped Melba escape some of the evil plans by white students. Although Link comes from a prominent family and his father is pro-segregation, this did not deter him from helping Melba (Beals 66). However, Link helped Melba secretly since he did not want to lose friendship with the white students (Beals 69). Moreover, since Link was in a relationship with a black woman, Nina Healey, he thought that even other black people are also good and loving (Beals 69). Thus, the love for Nina Healey gave Link the strength to help Melba. Link gave Melba his car to escape the intimidation of segregationists (Beals 74). Link also informs Melba of the evil plans of segregationists against the black students (Beals 76). Danny was one of the white soldiers assigned to the role of protecting the black students at Central High School (Beals 86). Danny protects Melba from segregationists who wanted to blind her by throwing acid into Melba’s eyes.

When at school, Melba had one purpose, which was obtaining education amidst all the segregation struggles. Melba learnt to endure the insults and physical mistreatmentof the white students. For instance, when white students slapped Melba, she would say ‘Thank you,’ rather than fight back (Beals 97). This is because the religious teachings from her grandma taught her not to fight back. When Link tells Melba to run away from segregationists, Melba feels like Link wants her to quit Central High School (Beals 102). Thus, Melba goes to face the segregationists since she knew the segregationists could not stop her mission to gain an education.

The victimization of the whites towards the blacks was intense resulting in the intervention of the government to protect the black students. The white students intimidated the black students through insults, mocking, beating, and spitting on the students (Beals 132). For instance, the Arkansas governor, used troops to prevent the black students from entering the Central High School (Beals 53). However, President Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to protect the black students segregated at Central High School (Beals 89). This helped Melba and fellow black students to continue with their education at the school despite segregation struggles. Moreover, there was one white man who attempted to rape Melba when going home from school (Beals 17). The white man said the law protected them from arrest, which was victimization to the Melba since she was black.

The segregation of white and blacks in the US resulted to generational differences among the African American community. The law protected the rights of the white people and segregated the black people living in America. For instance, when a white man attacked Melba and attempted to rape her, Melba’s father said they could not inform the police since he feared the police could do worse things than the white man could (Beals, 19). In some states, in the US, the law prohibited the blacks from voting and owning property. Thus, the white people segregated and maimed the black people living in those states. The white and black people attended different schools and other social amenities such as hospitals. The whites enrolled their children to the rich white schools and the black people enrolled their children in poor schools for the black.

 

 

Work Cited

Beals, Melba. Warriors Don’t Cry. London: Simon and Schuster, 2007. Print.