In doing so, Douglass counters the argument of blacks receiving a healthy faith from being enslaved. He a... ... middle of paper ... ...act, whether that be out of sympathy, nationalism, or selfishness. Amongst so many abolitionists and adamant southern voices fighting to be heard in disunited America, Frederick Douglass was such an influential person in the antislavery movement because of his rhetoric. He uses captivating modes of persuasion, strategically addressing specific audiences with different arguments. Douglass makes the dehumanizing effects of slavery on slaves obvious, appealing to feelings of sympathy in the North; however, he also appeals to the agitators of slavery — slaveowners in the South — by stressing how the corrupt and irresponsible power they enjoy are detrimental to their own moral health.
Raboteau shows how we can adapt to any cruelty just as the slaves did to support their religion and culture. I believe we should encourage people to recognize information that is consistent with lessening stereotypes. This will be very be helpful in dispelling the damage that they have done in society. Works Cited Cone, James H. Black Theology and Black Power. New York: Seabury, 1969.
For that reason Walker’s projected audience were black citizens who suffered from slavery. I strongly believe that Walker planned that this document would be read by whites so that they may perhaps regret and change their ways. Walker also stated towards the whites that “my object is to see justice done at home, before we go to convert the heathens” (20). As a result, Walker’s Appeal was both an inspirational document and a frightening one do to the fact it challenged the white’s ideas that blacks were lazy, and unintelligent. This document also sought after to inspire Black African Americans to discover self worth along with pride in their inheritance.
Writers attempt to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. Martin Luther King in his letter, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, uses this technique. In Mr. King’s letter his creativity and intricate usage of diction creates a meaningful letter. Not only does he illustrate picturesque ideas, but also, he uses rhetorical appeal and specific language and style to portray his message. His purpose is to inform the clergyman about Negros patiently waiting for the abolition of segregation and resentment toward the African American people.
Along with his arguments of mental inferiority, Jefferson argues that blacks concede their inferiority through their submissiveness to the slave owners. This argument is met by Walkers’ appeal to the people for action. He states that, “unless we try to refute Mr. Jefferson’s arguments respecting us, we will only establish them” (Walker 18). It is an urgent call for action that urges not only blacks but other abolitionist, to stand up and fight against the stereotypes. He calls for black people to stop being submissive and to stand up for their rights.
Malcolm was encouraging the African Americans to stand up for themselves to fight for the right to vote. He claimed if things did not work out with the vote to have equality in the govern; the only way is taking matters into their own hands. Even though some people believe that taking matter in their own hand is the solution, in reality, it can cause more harm than good in some cases. I say that because we all have seen in some countries of Africa when the tribes fighting each other. Malcolm emphasized on separation that the African American should stick together independent of their religion.
In order for black Americans to assimilate into the society that has caused them and their ancestors pain, they feel the need to wear a mask that allows them to at least superficially express their gratitude for having been kept alive. In this fifteen-line poem, Dunbar expresses his anger at having to hide his emotions. When black Americans were beaten, lynched and discriminated against, they were obligated to absorb it and mask their true emotions with a smile. Paul Laurence Dunbar, a son of freed slaves, goes on to emphasize the severity of the pain and suffering that these masks cover up by concealing the emotions behind a façade of smiles and grins. The mask, in essence, becomes a symbol of both weakness and strength.
Although seen as a simple autobiography of his life, the text goes deeper with components that would ultimately affect the northern audience's view on southern slaveholders. Targeting the Northern audience was crucial because they were the only group he could persuade enough to change the way things were. Douglass used his life story as a propaganda device to promote and drive the abolition movement among northerners. Before Douglass begins his life story , the preface written by Wm. Lloyd Garrison, prepares the reader for the abolitionist message that is really behind Douglass's Narrative.
The injustice of segregation laws is leading to a violent impact throughout the African American community, as they strive to have equal rights. In the essay, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. describes many struggles the African American community is going through. Dr. King effectively uses rhetorical appeals to persuade the clergymen that segregation laws are unjust and must end. Dr. King exemplifies his credibility to advocate the ending of segregation laws. He gives an example of how society should realize that there is no need for violence by comparing both Socrates’ and his techniques.
Segregation dehumanized African Americans, because they were always treated like outcast. According to David Howard-Pitney, author of “Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s”, King “saw how the system of segregation ended up in the exploitation of the Negro as well as the poor whites” (Pitney 42). In other words, King informed African Americans that segregation laws were created to treat all blacks and whites who were not wealthy unfairly. ... ... middle of paper ... ...lm X risked their freedom for African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were two leaders that African Americans admired and appreciated, because they both risk their lives for equality.