For example, “There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I, and others have been waging in America.” This states that there are similarities between the Vietnam War and America’s Civil Rights issues, the two focus points of King’s speech. It also presents logical information about the two main topics of the oration. “We were taking black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in South Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.” This provides a logical example of how the Civil Rights movement was actually connected to the war; it states how black men made up the majority of the draft, went to war, and fought to give others the liberties that they themselves weren’t given, which appertains to both the war and the
and Malcolm X both strived for unity because of their deep connection with religion. Both men used their religious beliefs as a moral compass to guide them through such adverse times. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister while Malcolm X was Sunni Muslim. Malcolm X was a follower of the Black Muslim faith, which decreed all white people as the enemy, until his pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca. His hajj renewed his outlook on not only race, but every aspect of life.
As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
The strong voice of Dr. King is seen throughout the letter and his tone is used to display his feeling of desegregation. While using emotion to have a sympathy feeling in his audience and show them the life of an African American during that time. Even though emotion was used Martin Luther King still used logic to explain unjust laws and use example of history to connect with the discrimination going on towards African Americans. To add an extra rhetorical device he used repetition to convey the key points in his letter. From the end of this letter Martin Luther King leaves his audience with the ways to demonstrate ones point through rhetorical devices and his motivation towards racial
In this passage Malcolm X addressed the narrating “I” to address the audience of the autobiography, and he explains to them why he put forward the “sordid” details of his younger years as well as tells the read why he made the decision to spend so much time writing a book at all. This passage shows the reader the important themes that Malcolm X aims to put forward in the book, and that is the theme of race and racism in addition to the theme of religion. The theme of race is present when he says, “I had sunk to the very bottom of American white man’s society.” This quote tells the reader that Malcolm X has aimed, and still aims, to show how American society puts the white man at power, and the African-American man below him. Then the theme
MLK Speech Devices In Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech, many rhetorical devices are used to convey the message that he is trying to get across. Two of these devices are symbolism and repetition. Symbolism is used extensively throughout the speech. One example of this is in the line “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’.” In this sentence, Martin Luther King Junior is using a “check” to represent the rights of the African-American people. He says that this is a bad check.
Throughout the Autobiography of Malcolm X there are several key events the bring out the central ideas of the text. Some examples of the key events was when Mr. Ostrowski lectured Malcolm, when Malcolm was in jail and he learned the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, and when Malcolm made his pilgrimage to Mecca. A closer look at the central ideas would show that they build on one another. When Malcolm was going to school his teacher, Mr. Ostrowski, told home to give up his dream of being a lawyer,” Malcolm, one of life’s first needs is to be realistic. Don’t misunderstand me, now.
From the first line of the speech Malcolm X mentions the assertion that Afro-Americans have the right to self-defense, which is a vile point of him bring up to notice inequality in the United States. Throughout the speech he constantly references that a black man is either “unable or unwilling” to defend themselves, due to the unfairness of how the government is viewing the Afro-American race. He alludes to the constitution by expressing “The constitution of the United States of America clearly affirms the right of every American citizen to bear arms.” He pretty much illustrates to the black men to use your freedom to assure your civil rights, makes it important that they have to do something now and not wait because it won’t change with the
Moreover, Austin Wilson’s play make us comprehend the severity of the discrimination and racism. On another interview with Patricia Gantt she states: “ Wilson did acknowledge himself to be "a race man," claiming the Black Power Movement of the 1960s as "the kiln in which I was fired," the experience that caused him to see how deeply embedded race and racism are in the culture of the United States (2001,12). He felt that race is the single most important aspect
Similar to the period of slavery and Reconstruction, Black people are not afforded the luxury of being “moral” or “respectable” and instead, have been stigmatized as dangerous, criminal, and savage-like, stereotypes that continue to disgrace Black folks today. This notion is depicted in The Fire Next Time when James Baldwin states, “Crime became real, for example— for the first time not as a possibility but as the possibility” (Baldwin, 2259). Baldwin’s assertion coincides with claims revealed in Slavery by Another Name because it illuminates how Black people’s intersectional identity, once again, compels them to a state of inescapable subjugation. To further emphasize this, Baldwin continues, “One could never defeat one’s circumstances by working and having one’s pennies…even the most successful Negroes proved that one needed, in order to be free, something more than a bank account” (Baldwin, 2259). In this, by illuminating how the oppression that results from being a Black American transcends class lines, meaning that true liberation for Black folks cannot be bought, Baldwin coincides with concepts found in Slavery by Another Name, mutually asserting the hopelessness and unfeasibility of the American Dream for Black
His accounts are real: his claims are backed with real life accounts, anecdotes as well as statistics suggesting the lopsided difference in living standard and income between an average black and an average white. He has experienced the “struggle” of what it was like living in the States as a black. The “struggle” that his son will undeniably experience and go through. Therefore, Coates’s concerns are simply rationalized as a father he is for the son that he has. He refuses to hide behind the naïve optimism and instead faces the painful reality to live this life of struggle.