May 6, 2018 in Blog
My group members and I thought that the passage, The Ethics of Jim Crow, would be a good text to do this project on because we felt that the message from the passage was still relevant to today. Black men and boys still have to go out of their way to behave a certain way, where they are being submissive in a way, in order to survive. All three of us really enjoyed the text and felt that there were enough action and narration for us to fill in the blanks and create a script. Our script was very similar to the original passage; we just added scenes that were not discussed but implied, for example we added a doctor scene, where Richard, the main character, was the doctor’s house and there is dialogue between the two of them In the original story it is said that he received medical attention but there was no detail or dialogue of the event. Another thing we did was combine scenes; for example the part of the story where Richard witnesses a black woman get beat at his portering job and then in a different scene goes and tell someone, we decided to combine the two scenes the two, where it’s happening in the same setting. We divided all of this work by having our own set of scenes we were responsible for. By doing this and keeping a healthy communication line our skit was able to bring the characters to life. However, where we to have more time, we would add more details and make smoother transitions between the scenes. For the skit, we chose to play out his childhood scene when reality set in and a scene that happened in his adult life to show the perspective of other African-American people then that are very similar to some nowadays. The first three scene that we acted out showed the audience the kind of person Richard was, where he was being raised, the way he was being raised and other things that happen to us as kids but mold ut the kind of adults we grow up to be. For our props, we brought in “milk bottles” and “cinders” in order to show the unfairness segregation had between white and black people. The milk bottle was symbolic for being milk, something white people are sometimes referred to, that did damage to a black boy, whereas the black boys had cinder that could only scratch you up a little bit.