Kennedy implicitly compares the legalized segregation in the South to the problematic caste system in India and the systematic genocide of Jews during World War II to warn white Americans to not repeat the mistake. His message is delivered in an ironic way through a series of rhetorical questions, asking white Americans whether they truly believe the United States of America to be “the land of the free” (para. 9) that has “no class or caste system, no ghettos, no master race except with respect to Negroes” (para. 9). In fact, the whole paragraph presents the...
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...ts Address” warning white Americans of the possible disastrous consequences of discrimination, persuading his audience to embrace equality, and giving his argument a logical foundation. This speech accelerates equality for African-Americans and paves the way to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which enforced African-Americans’ right to vote and ended racial discrimination in public accommodations. The United States presidential election of 2008 was a remarkable achievement in the process of realizing equality and the integration of African-Americans. In fact, 43 percent of the white population voted for Barack Obama, corroborating the progress the United States has made in truly becoming the United States, and achieving national unity. Desegregation in the United States takes a long time, but President Kennedy’s speech in 1963 certainly gave an initiating push.
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