Analysis - Lailani Bartlett Teague Ap Language P.3 Rhetorical Analysis Essay Racial injustice has lived on for several years within the United States of

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Lailani Bartlett Teague Ap Language P.3 October 23, 2018 Rhetorical Analysis Essay Racial injustice has lived on for several years within the United States of America, branching possibly from the first plantation situated in the thirteen colonies about a couple of hundred years ago. During this period in time, african slaves were sent to these plantations by european men with little to no gains for the slaves. Although recent decades had not experienced such drastic events associated with african-americans and european-descents, african-americans have still experienced racist material from the white people of america. Segregation between white and black people was prevalent creating borders between the white and black people of America. An example of the racist material in the late 1900’s is Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’, written in 1963. Priest and social activist, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out on the demeaning message eight white clergymen associated with his actions in Birmingham. The purpose of the letter he had written was to justify his actions regarding his non-violent protesting in Birmingham. Throughout the letter, he holds a certain desperation acknowledging the injustice the african-american community was facing at the time. This persistence would help to notify the audience and provoke sympathy between the two different communities. King uses rhetorical appeals such as pathos and ethos through his sorrowful syntax and style to guilt the white clergymen into believing in his cause.
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Around 1963, signs of discriminatory purpose were placed in stores to humiliate the african-american population. This distasteful action caused Reverend Shuttlesworth as well as many others including, Martin Luther King Jr, to speak out on this very topic. In King’s letter to the eight white religious leaders, he used rhetorical appeals: pathos and ethos through diction and context to gain sympathy out of the leaders to justify his actions in Birmingham. In Martin’s letter he admits, “As the weeks and months unfolded, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise. The signs remained. As in so many experiences of the past, we were confronted with blasted hopes, and the dark shadow of a deep disappointment settled upon us.” (King, 1).
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