Underhill, S. M. (2016). Urban jungle, Ferguson: Rhetorical homology and institutional critique. Quarterly Journal of Speech,102(4), 396-417. doi:10.1080/00335630.2016.1213413 In this paper, Underhill uses rhetorical homology of the phrase “urban jungle” to critique the law enforcement response to the civil unrest and riots that occurred in Ferguson, Mo after the death of Michael Brown. Michael Brown was an African American male who was shot by a Ferguson, Mo police officer in August of 2014. This article relates urban jungle to how it affects law enforcement views of the African American community. The paper discusses how the mentality of looking at Ferguson as an urban jungle conjures the image of a savage land that needs to be conquered …show more content…
The author of this paper, Stephen Underhill, has a PhD in communications from the University of Maryland, and is an associate professor at Marshall University, teaching multiple undergraduate and Master’s level courses (I googled him). As such, this is an articulate and well-structured paper. It does a good job of explaining Rhetorical homology, which is a theory I was not familiar with and how it applies to the incidents in Ferguson, Mo. However, that is where I stop with complimenting this article. As a law enforcement officer, I look at things impartially and do not let my personal feelings get involved. However, Underhill did not do the same thing in this article. It shows obvious bias against law enforcement techniques of which Underhill has no knowledge of. I have been in law enforcement since 2004 and I am quite used to criticism, and can respect that others do not understand what I do and why law enforcement operates in a specific manner. I can also respect that other do not agree with how things are done. What I do not agree with, as a police officer or as a college student, is the sources cited in this …show more content…
It has always been using quality sources, either academic journals (often peer reviewed) or credible and unbiased news sources. While this article does do that, it also cites several poor sources and cherry picks sections to fit his created narrative of law enforcement and white culture actively working to oppress subcultures. Some of these sources include BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Color Lines, Mediaite, Mother Jones, blogs, and/or opinion pieces. These are not articles known to produce accurate and biased free articles. If I were to turn in a paper citing these sources in the manner he did, I would expect to receive an incredible low or possibly failing grade. This is not the quality of work I would expect from a well-educated, college professor in an academic
In his article, “Black Men and Public Space,” Brent Staples writes about his encounters with people during his nighttime walks in and around the city streets of Chicago and New York. He argues that, as a result of crimes committed by criminals of African American descent, people tend to quickly avoid him because they assume that he will likely mug them because of the color of his skin. Nevertheless, on the subject as to whether this article is an appropriate and good example of the reaction of others, it is quite obvious that this is a good example of the reaction of others, given how Brent Staples spent much of his time working in the city as a journalist, and that crime rates are high in inner city areas. However, despite the fact that this
In the article, “Feds fault San Francisco police for violence against minorities and recommend 272 reforms”, James Queally and Joe Mozingo addresses the abusive mentality police have with their authority. They imply the behavior of police in some cases isn’t appropriate for someone who is suppose to serve and protect. They include LAPD incidents where Investigation of police are said to use racial slurs through communication of text amongst themselves when referring to Blacks, Latinos and people of middle eastern descent. Ultimately what Queally and Mozingo are trying to get at is that law enforcement abuse their power and degrade their reputation, and should be civil and not be dishonorable by being racially
of 2003 and “The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society” of 2000 contain ideas similar to those expressed in “The War on Cops.” The powerful stance Mac Donald takes on certain themes expressed throughout “The War on Cops” direct the reader’s understanding towards the flaws of America’s governmental systems, revealing the backstory and complexity of racism and criminal justice behind our “war on cops.” To begin, Mac Donald notes one of the many shortcomings of the Obama administration, of which she addresses frequently throughout the book. She criticizes the acknowledgements of police racism and the bias in the criminal justice system made by President Barack Obama on national television, stating “In doing so, he
Brent Staples’s essay is still relevant today because of the fear that lives inside people who don’t understand or accept others, which often leads to authorities abusing their power so that they can feel safe while others live their lives cautiously. This relates to how both African Americans and the police live their lives in fear and with caution. The police fear African Americans due to their own prejudice reasons which causes them to abuse their authority by acting more aggressive which helps themselves feel safer and stronger. This forces African Americans to live their lives with caution and patience because if they don’t, they put themselves at a higher risk of endangering themselves. Brent Staples wrote the article “Black Men in Public
In this quote, Brown argues that by claiming equality and justice for the masses that have been excluded or marginalized, the whole definition of equality could be altered. By recognizing these groups, it does not necessarily mean that they are now being treated with equality, it just means that they are being acknowledged for having a place in society but they are not necessarily important. The left might now recognize groups that have been marginalized for years or even decades, and announce it publicly but this action could just be false rhetoric to persuade others that there is equality for everyone. Therefore, claiming justice or equality is a dangerous action.
“Circumspect Police Ends the Drop in Crime?” This debate topic speaks about police being less proactive, because of vitriol, and causing an increase in crime rates. This debate topic is not directly related to the book, Ghettoside, but falls into the same bracket. The debate talks about the police becoming less involved because of denunciation, and rates of crimes increasing because of that. Ghettoside talks about the black-on-black homicide rates going up, one reason, because of the ignorance of the police.
Ronith Murali 4th hour Mrs.Schmidt AP Language & Composition During the 60’s in America, the civil rights movements for African Americans was at it’s peak. Following Martin Luther King’s assassination, the common response to the tragedy was violence. Cesar Chavez writes this article in hopes of informing the American people that violence is not the answer, and that if they continued on King’s non-violent path to equality, it would bring about more change. When looking at Cesar Chavez ‘s article, one can clearly see that he is easily able to persuade his vengeful audience to cease the violent protests throughout America, by utilizing several examples of juxtaposition, rhetorical appeals, and impactful diction.
An occurrence observed by the population of Los Angeles, California conveys the existence of racism and police brutality. According to The Polls-Trends: Racial Differences in Attitudes Toward the Police, “…three quarters of blacks, but only 38 percent of whites, continued to view police brutality as a common occurrence” (Tuch and Weitzer
Alfred M. Green: Rhetorical Analysis In April of 1861, the first month of the Civil War, an African American man named Alfred M. Green delivered a speech in favor of African American men joining the Union army. During this time period, African American men were still not able to enlist in the army. However, Green believed that it was still essential towards the Union army’s victory, and towards their freedom and rights as African American individuals. By using the rhetorical strategies logos, ethos, and pathos, he notifies the audience of what they can accomplish, creates trust and unity, and inspires them by describing the possibility of change for the future.
The Devil in the White City Rhetorical Analysis Essay The Chicago World’s Fair, one of America’s most compelling historical events, spurred an era of innovative discoveries and life-changing inventions. The fair brought forward a bright and hopeful future for America; however, there is just as much darkness as there is light and wonder. In the non-fiction novel, The Devil in the White City, architect Daniel Burnham and serial killer H. H. Holmes are the perfect representation of the light and dark displayed in Chicago. Erik Larson uses positive and negative tone, juxtaposition, and imagery to express that despite the brightness and newfound wonder brought on by the fair, darkness lurks around the city in the form of murder, which at first, went unnoticed.
While the other book used is useful for providing an account of what happened at the beginning of the decade, this book is able to look at police brutality throughout the 1990s and how the earlier events impacted the later ones. Journal Articles Matheson, Victor A., and Robert A. Baade. “Race and Riots: A Note on the Economic Impact of the Rodney King Riots.” Urban Studies, vol. 41, no. 13, 2004, pp. 2691–2696, Academic Search Premier, doi:10.1080/0042098042000294628.
In the essay “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples, the author uses a mixture of exaggeration, quoting, and word choice to grasp the attention of his readers and further his point that racial profiling is an unfortunate circumstance that impacts African American men in negative ways. One can witness very early on in the piece that exaggeration is used, particularly with the way Staples describes his actions. By referring to the first woman to run from him as “My first victim”, two effects are created. The harshness of the word “Victim” draws in attention, and causes one to crave a further investigation into the story. When reading further, the exaggeration is put into place once the reader realises that he committed no crime, and was simply walking down the street.
Free Me: Racist Speech Freedom is a paradox, especially in America. Everyone is free, but everyone must obey laws. In 1776, America chose to fight against her oppressor. Rather than be a single colony, America became a separate country. Today as an adolescent, America faces a new uphill battle, free speech.
The audience of The New yorker are middle class citizens with upper class ambitions. Based on this intended audience of this article and the rhetorical strategies used this article is mostly effective in persuading the audience because the audience is assumed to be educated and ambitious. To sway his audience the Author uses rhetorical strategies like Allusion, anecdotes, and assertion. He also uses rhetorical appeals like ethos and pathos to convey his opinion on social media as an activist