Ratcheting Up The Rhetoric Analysis

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In his article “Ratcheting Up the Rhetoric” (NY Times, 9/3/15) Charles M. Blow, asserts that recent accusations and opposition against the Black Lives Matter movement can be attributed to Americans unwilling to accept the uncomfortable reality of their racist society. Blow follows his claim with various statements made by the media accusing Black Lives Matter of being a “hate group”, examines the “concerted effort to defame and damage” the movement, and cites the public’s desperation to continue denying the truth of rampant police brutality and ingrained racism in America. Blow writes this article highlighting these wrongful attacks on Black Lives Matter in order to destroy the image of a violent “hate group” that the media has painted in society’s

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