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Journalism & Communication
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Rhetoric Criticism on Mary Church Terrell’s Speech Racial discrimination has always been a social issue and in America, the predicament became more prevalent towards the turn of the 20th century. Black people suffered multifarious unfair treatments which led them to fight for their rights, finally gaining the confidence to face difficulties and even death in the midst of their struggles if only to give their children a better future.
entitled What it Means to be Colored in the Capital of the U.S. at the United Women’s Club, expressing her views about what was happening then. In this speech, Terrell used Aristotelian forensic rhetoric to present her version of injustice towards colored people in order to increase awareness to their rights and to acquire them. According to Aristotle, forensic rhetoric uses facts to attack or defend, making the audience a judge of what has been done in the past. In Terrell’s speech, she talks about various challenges she has been through as a colored woman and the experiences of others as well in order to show the injustices committed against colored men. She begins with the instances that happened to her or those which she observed and considered to be most possible in her condition as a Black woman. She mentions that there is no other race treated as the Blacks, who may walk the streets to the White House without being fed or accepted in a house, hotel or restaurant. She exposes that even if one has money to buy food or pay for a decent room to stay for the night, if that person is Black, he would not be entertained at all. ...
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