Rhetorical Analysis: The Power Of Black Lives Matter By Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

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Author Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, wrote “The Power of Black Lives Matter,” published in 2015 in The Crisis, and he emphasizes the importance of Black Lives Matter and argues that is the only way to correct the issue of class. Wellington builds his credibility with reputable facts, statistics, citing sources, and successfully employing rhetorical appeals such as ethos, pathos, and logos. He adopts a didactic tone of voice in order to sound like a high scholar to create a sense of superiority, while addressing the issues of class and race to white Americans’ and other races in the United States.
In his article, Wellington first introduces his argument by making an inference of a cultural shift by saying, “Something indeed is happening here and now in America,” and that “class exists” and
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He blames the criminal justice system in the murders and claims that “Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” He is eliciting guilt from his readers, “When we say Black Lives Matter we are talking about the ways in which Black People are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity” which justifies the claim of marginalized Black Lives.
In his “Facebook Activism” argument, Wellington employs a logical appeal to prove that online media can be useful in the Black Lives Matter movement. He makes a claim that “social media is a primary 21st century tool, then calls the media as “the next step in the next step in the war against silence.” When news got out of the killing of Mike Brown, Wellington says the information “spread like wild-fire” demonstrating the power of social media. He believes that social media, like Twitter and Facebook, can serve as a means in accomplishing political and economic goals of

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