Antithesis We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.
I celebrate such a day. To mark this day — and to honor language arts teachers everywhere — Poynter is republishing an essay I wrote almost a decade ago. It was the spring of and Barack Obama was running for president.
To dispel the fears of some white Americans and to advance his chances for election, Obama delivered a major address on race in America, a speech that was praised even by some of his adversaries.
He is a skilled orator. The Spring of seems like such a long time ago. A time just before the Great Recession. A time just before the ascendancy of social networks and the trolls who try to poison them. A time before black lives were said to matter in a more assertive way.
A time before fake news was anything more dangerous that a piece of satire in the Onion. A time before Colin Kaepernick took a knee — except when he was tired. A time before torch-bearing white supremacists marched through the night in Charlottesville, Virginia. It feels like the perfect time for a restart on a conversation about race.
My X-ray analysis of that speech is meant not as a final word on that historical moment, but as an invitation, a doorway to a room where we can all reflect on American history and the American language. Have a great National Day on Writing.
DuBois wrote a single paragraph about how race is experienced in America. I have learned more from those words than from most book-length studies of the subject: After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. The focus has been on the orator's willingness to say things in public about race that are rarely spoken at all, even in private, and his expressed desire to move the country to a new and better place.
There has also been attention to the immediate purpose of the speech, which was to reassure white voters that they had nothing to fear from the congregant of a fiery African-American pastor, the Rev.
Amid all the commentary, I have yet to see an X-Ray reading of the text that would make visible the rhetorical strategies that the orator and authors used so effectively. When received in the ear, these effects breeze through us like a harmonious song. When inspected with the eye, these moves become more apparent, like reading a piece of sheet music for a difficult song and finally recognizing the chord changes.
Such analysis, while interesting in itself, might be little more than a scholarly curiosity if we were not so concerned with the language issues of political discourse.
The popular opinion is that our current president, though plain spoken, is clumsy with language. Fair or not, this perception has produced a hope that our next president will be a more powerful communicator, a Kennedy or Reagan, perhaps, who can use language less as a way to signal ideology and more as a means to bring the disparate parts of the nation together.
Journalists need to pay closer attention to political language than ever before. Like most memorable pieces of oratory, Obama's speech sounds better than it reads. We have no way of knowing if that was true of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, but it is certainly true of Dr.
King's "I Have a Dream" speech. If you doubt this assertion, test it out. Read the speech and then experience it in its original setting recited by his soulful voice.In this chapter, we trace Hillary Clinton’s use of different types of charismatic rhetoric depending on the political context and gender expectations.
Her speeches tend to be more matter-of-fact, and less artful, than former President Clinton’s. In September of , Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her historic address at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
Clinton focused on the peace and well-being of women worldwide, placing a particular importance on the advancement of women’s rights on a global scale.
Jul 29, · Following is a transcript of Hillary Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, as prepared for delivery by .
-For example, by intentionally incorporating propaganda into her speech, such as appealing to people’s emotions, distracting people’s attention, and somewhat misleading people, Hillary Clinton strengthened her persuasive power for women’s rights and successfully beamed her message all over the world.