Analysis Of The Movie ' The On Fire '

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Ethos (1)- Dr. Umar Johnson’s interview Black People Tend Not to Understand Propaganda can be found on YouTube and in the film 2015 Wilmington on Fire. Throughout the film, title cards in the film make it clear Dr. Johnson is a historian and psychologist with a PhD. His credentials compounded by his appearance in a documentary about historical event blotted from history make his testimony all the more believable because this topic has not been discussed in the public sphere. This is what would be considered initial credibility. Rationale- According to our Aristotle’s proofs powerpoint, ethos is “creating a sense of credibility for the speaker in the audience” (Bollinger, 2016). Dr. Umar Johnson’s website adds to his credibility. A blood relative of Frederick Douglass, Johnson is in the process of creating his own school for African American scholars if he can buy St. Paul’s college in Lawerenceville, VA. When speaking in the interview, Johnson’s strong, level voice (even when describing the atrocities to come) makes the viewer listen to what he is saying. His credentials and lineage give him authority on the plight of African Americans, as explained in the video. After verifying he was indeed a real person with a PhD, I determined Johnson was an authentic and reliable speaker. Ethos (2)- Dr. Umar Johnson uses a great deal of history to support his claims that the African American race is headed toward mass genocide and that the remaining Americans are subconsciously being desensitized to it. Rationale- Film footage, comic strips, and newspapers all roll while Johnson speaks, cementing the audience’s idea that he is, indeed, knowledgeable about the topic at hand. With visual aids what Johnson has to say becomes much more interesti... ... middle of paper ... ...deral documents dealing with the handling and circumstances of Lennon Lacy’s death. These documents are, again, embedded in the document and can be found here: Rationale- Again, even though inartistic proofs can be questioned, the inconsistences and the mishandling of the case is proven by the conflicting documents. The documents included in the article are as follows: A letter from the NAACP to Thomas Walker, the North Carolina Attorney General, the autopsy from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the NAACP’s hired pathologist, Dr. Christena Roberts, review of the medical examiner’s report highlighting the irregularities in how the case was handled and lack of evidence she was given.
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