Monday, November 2, 2009

- Ain’t Scared of your Jails -

Ain’t Scared of your Jails was an insightful look into various accounts of eyewitnesses to the Civil Rights movement. There were several things that stood out to me in the documentary.

One was how blacks discovered that the youth could be used to their advantage in these situations. Often times, many would be arrested on charges of failing to comply with the segregation laws or disorderly conduct. Many were sent to jail, and gladly accepted this, as they were firm in their beliefs and what they stood for.

The concept of the sit-ins started in college, with students practicing to get prepared for what all they would face. They need to be disciplined and yet have the endurance to carry on during shoutings and beatings.

Another concept that was used was to simply cut off the city’s revenue by halting their purchases. The black community was at the same level as the white community, fiscally, with taxes and their disposable income. They figured if they could halt their strong buying power, that it would have some effect on the city’s fiscal structure, due to the fact of less revenue. Nearly a month later, this proved effective.

The "Freedom Rides" were also an important factor in showing how both races strived for equality. Listening to the accounts of those who took part in the "Freedom Rides" were interesting in the sense that it showed their sheer determination, fortitude, and unbreakable will. "Segregation must be stopped. It must be broken down. We’re dedicated and willing to accept death," to quote on of the many Freedom Riders. All in all, good documentary.


  1. I think the youth are key for changing any aspect of our country. Often they are more likely to be open and accepting to change and will work harder to make their voice heard. The youth were a large factor in the election of President Obama.

  2. youth is important to bring change.the most powerful movements are those that are fueled by the fire of justice. Almost every one stundent youth or not at some point can stand in the behalf of justice.