Since Martin Luther King Jr. embodied both equality and nonviolence, he was an inspiration to African Americans because he wanted unity amongst the races. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist who played a vital role to end racism through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination and segregation in society. He was the leader of the Civil Rights movement and achieved racial justice through nonviolent actions. Therefore, Kennedy made an effort to establish his message by stating, “Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.” Although Indianapolis was on the verge of chaos, Kennedy persuaded his audience not to cause any uprisings by using Martin Luther King Jr. as a symbol of compassion and equality so the audience could understand the respectful accomplishments and wishes of Martin Luther King Jr.
Transfiguracion 5 Overall, Robert F. Kennedy was devoted to equality and human rights amongst all people. On the day of Martin Luther King’s death, he used rhetorical appeals in his speech to persuade the people of Indianapolis not to cause any chaos. Kennedy used his own credibility, inductive reasoning, and emotional appeals to make an argument about the race relations in American due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Although his speech didn’t end all riots within America, he improved the state of relations between whites and blacks throughout America. Works Cited
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