Thesis: Both authors in the essay “In Defense of Prejudice” and “Mommy What does ‘Nigger’ Mean?” address controversial topics in the world. While Rauch tackles the idea to protect minorities, Naylor discusses the power of language; however, they both hit on the different stereotypes presented to them throughout their own lives. By successfully using their own personal stories, both authors are able to justify their arguments and create credible personas for the audience. Paragraph I Topic Sentence: Rauch and Naylor were born in two different social spectrum of the world. Through their essays, they break down the social stereotypes through informing the audience of the unknown. While Naylor, a female, grew up in a tight knit African American …show more content…
Evidence: Rauch begins his essay stating that “I-hope-I-don’t-sound-too-defensive tone, that I am not a racist and that this is not an article favoring racism or any other particular prejudice” (350). Analysis: Rauch uses a scholarly, yet defensive tone indicating that his essay is primarily to address a liberal intellectual audience. While Rauch`s targeted audience and political views are prominent throughout his essay, Naylor takes a different approach to educate the readers. While African American maybe able to sympathize with Naylor through her personal life experiences, she establishes a persona that ultimately forms credibility with other racial groups that may be reading her essay. Evidence: Naylor enlightens the audience “Words themselves are innocuous, it is the consensus that gives them true power (234). Analysis: She does not point out any one group regarding the connotation that they may have with the word “nigger,” but rather simply informs the audience of the power and influence with language.
In 2013, the percentage of news stories that focused on Latinos was one percent. Of those stories, many surrounded immigration and crime. This fact fuses the two topics that Soledad O’Brien discussed in her Sept. 30 lecture at The College of New Jersey: diversity and journalism. O’Brien views journalism as a great opportunity to tell the stories that she wants to tell, and for her, those stories are ones that normally don’t get told -- they are the stories of people who live in poverty, are of color, and who are marginalized by society. O’Brien believes that she has the drive to share these stories because of her upbringing, which is how she began her lecture.
As a result of her comprehensive definition on white privilege and endorsement to her academic background, McIntosh begins to persuade her audience that unearned white privilege does exist. The first couple of paragraphs of her essay she gives to define white privilege, so it is recognizable that this definition is necessary for her essay and her argument.
In Nella Larsen’s novel Passing, the question of racial identity and racial pride is presented through several characters who struggle with their own identity and with the identities of others. We are presented with two opposing sides of the color line through Irene and Jack, who both stand firmly by their respective races. These two, who would otherwise be oblivious of the other, are brought together through their relationship with Clare, whose ability to pass upsets their view that race is stagnant and resolute. Although Irene and Jack condemn passing and act to reinforce the color line, they are nevertheless attracted to Clare and enamored by her charm and mystique. Something about her draws out similarities between them, and, though they
But do we?” (Rauch, In Defense of Prejudice: Why Incendiary Speech Must Be Protected). Rauch gives readers the choice to pick a side instead of invading their minds with his beliefs towards prejudice. The diction both authors use has an influence on the audience but Brooks has a strong and more effective approach to convincing the audience of his
But he fails to interpret the racism of that description, causing his idea to look underdeveloped. It would be beneficial and interesting to have this idea be examined, but it is certainly not necessary due to it not being the main idea of the essay. While Bertman’s essay may be short in length and lacking explanations for smaller ideas, it is still well developed enough to be cited in someone else’s
What is power? In the book To kill a Mockingbird there is a girl by the name of Mayella Ewell. Mayella is very powerful, and she shows it through three things Race, Gender, and Class. In this paper the question, how is Mayella powerful, will be answered. Almost all the way through the book she remains powerful, which makes Mayella a great character.
In “Racism in the Academy,” Eisenkraft (2010) tried to make her audience of academics in the Canadian universities authentically realize the existence of racism in university faculties, thus offer recommendations to improve the present situations and expressed an optimistic attitude of the improvement for the institution. To support her argument, she employed several rhetorical strategies: she employed the logical appeal by using facts, and evidence from university faculties; she employed an extrinsic ethical appeals by quoting words from experts who exactly from the environment in which faculties suffer discrimination. She appealed to intrinsic ethos by selecting particular words to make her audience conjure up the seriousness of the deepseated
Race is one the most sensitive and controversial topics of our time. As kids, we were taught that racism has gotten better as times has passed. However, the author, Michelle Alexander, of The New Jim Crow proposes the argument that racism has not gotten better, but the form of racism that we known in textbooks is not the racism we experience today. Michelle Alexander has countless amounts of plausible arguments, but she has failed to be a credible author, since she doesn’t give enough citations or evidence for her argument to convince people who may not have prior agreement with her agreement.. Alexander’s biggest mistake when it came to being a credible author was starting off the book with a countless number of claims without any evidence in her Introduction.
Words have the power to create great things just like they have the power to destroy them. Claudia Rankine uses her book, Citizen: An American Lyric, to illustrate the idea that racism has become an everyday component of our society. This book expresses the idea that language normalizes the existence of racism. This particular
In the essay, “A Genealogy of Modern Racism”, the author Dr. Cornel West discusses racism in depth, while conveying why whites feel this sense of superiority. We learn through his discussion that whites have been forced to treat black harshly due to the knowledge that was given to them about the aesthetics of beauty and civility. This knowledge that was bestowed on the whites in the modern West, taught them that they were superior to all races tat did not emulate the norms of whites. According to Dr. West the very idea that blacks were even human beings is a concept that was a “relatively new discovery of the modern West”, and that equality of beauty, culture, and intellect in blacks remains problematic and controversial in intellectual circles
Author and editorial writer, Brent Staples acknowledges this issue as well as experience many situations in which people distinguish him from others. Brent Staples message in his essay titled “Just Walk On By” is conveyed to the audience through many rhetorical devices in which he suggests that stereotypes of race and gender can impact someone 's life in the easiest ways. Brent Staples use of pathos creates an emotional connection and pulls the reader into his essay, through his anecdotes and diction. His intro paragraph tells an interesting story, in a way that readers often forget what type of passage they are reading. Staples uses of phrases such as “my first victim”, “seemed menacingly close” “picked up her pace” and notably “running in earnest” (1-2).
Everyone has their opinions on a subject. In the short fictional story,”Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker, we see how different personalities equal these different thoughts. We see this in Maggie and Dee who have different opinions on their African American heritage. Dee and Maggie both grew up in a poor household. They have different views as they grew.
In this week’s readings, professor Nel Noddings, argues for the acceptance of different perspectives and voices in objective discussions, interactions and dialogue. Indeed, Noddings maintains that by default or not, individuals tend to be put in certain groups or associations by society. According to Noddings “men and women, blacks and whites, oppressors and oppressed” (p. 229) differ in the manner they experience life and are treated. Yet, as Noddings tells us all groups and associations are each unique, valuable and should not be dismissed. ( add something here to strengthen her argument about people can speak about other’s condition).
She is affected by a word nigger and tries to find the arbitraries of any word. Her main intention in her essay is to lead her readers think about the words they choose to use and hear and how the context of these words can alter the meaning of them. Naylor takes a word nigger and tries to share her experiences of how she felt when she got encountered with the same word in different ways. She does not take a sharp tone. From her essay we can generalize that she is having a conversation with her readers as her friends.
The argument throughout the article then shifts to the concept of color and how race is represented in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Similar to Lanser’s previous arguments, she describes one side of “yellow groups” in a way that comes off as offensive and harmful to minorities (430). She depicts the “inscribed racism” throughout the story incorrectly with vague examples that do not specifically tie into the argument (429). The lack of specificity in her examples creates ambiguity in the argument and overall destroys the claim for the reader. Lanser’s article combines a radical feminist approach with vague examples which leads to a