Short Assignment 1: Romney V. Russia (5)

Tonight on CNN, Erin Burnett, the host of “Erin Burnett OutFront” mentioned the open mic incident involving the President and the Russian President. Obama commented that he would have “more flexibility” after the elections. Being the year of elections, Romney was quick to criticize the President and stated that Russia was the  “number one geopolitical foe.” Using strong rhetoric, Romney made his point that the President should not be negotiating with the strongest country in Europe. But Boehner quickly commented in regards on Romney’s comment, saying that we should not criticize the president while he is abroad. With elections only 8 months away, this incident with President Obama and Mitt Romney’s comment may come back to hurt both candidates (that is, if Romney wins the Republican nomination). With everyone questioning the President and what else he could be planning after the election that he does not want the American public to know, his credibility is deeply stained with skepticism. Romney’s comment may ruin his chances of winning the Republican nomination if he is seen as someone who can’t control what comes out of his month and thus, hurts the image of America and the President. 


Short Assignment 1: Obama talks about oil production (4)

Today, Obama spoke to a crowd in Oklahoma about oil production and what he has done to help us produce “more oil than [has been produced] the last 8 years.” He stated many other points while delivering his speech. While listening to Obama speak, the voice he used suggested that he was attempting to get the American public see what all he has been during his term. He attempted to gain back some of his lost credibility by stating he has in fact done tons to better the condition of the country. 



Short Writing Assignment 1: Scott Brown interview on CNN (3)

Scott Brown was on CNN for a live interview on Monday Night around 8:30pm. He was asked several questions regarding Romney and the presidential election. Piers Morgan commented about how Stantorum had an authenticity in the way he made speeches and shared personal stories to connect with the audience, and when asked whether Romney would be hurt for not having the same authenticity, Brown dodged the bullet by stating that Romney had the ability to act properly in the current economic situation, and no one else in Brown’s eyes was as fit for the job as Romney. Brown used words like “devout family man” to describe Romney and also stated Romney as having a “great sense of humor” which helped me as a viewer connect with Romney since for me family is very important and having a president with a great sense of humor though doesn’t really help him run the country better, I see that he isn’t always serious and knows how to make a joke. Brown also used statistics concerning the economy which established his credibility and his knowledge of the economy thus giving him for credit for where he is placing his vote for the 2012 presidential election.

Short Writing Assignment 1: Obama on mass shooting (2)

On Tuesday, Obama addressed the public on the mass shooting against Afghan civilians by an American soldiers and called it “outrageous.” He assured the public that America would continue to focus attention on Afghanistan and the terrorist groups that might gain popularity if American soldiers were to leave. Obama promised on conducting an investigation making sure the one responsible for the killings of innocent lives to be held accountable “with the full force of the law.” Using words like “childern” and “murdered,” the president attempted to connect with the Afghans and convey the message that Americans had also family by this act of violence against the civilians. The word “murder” conveyed the harshness of the event and saying that the person responsible would be convicted with the “full force of the law” established the way the punishment would be carried out against the so-called “American soldier” for his un-American act of killing civilians.

Extra Credit 1: Why My Hijab Makes Me a Terrorist.

Like any college student, I walked into the local Starbucks like I had normally done to grab a cold coffee and study for the upcoming Biology exam. I made my way to the counter and stood there with a smile on my face, waiting for someone to acknowledge me and provide service. With at least five different people behind the counter, I expected to be greeted within the few seconds of me standing there waiting. As I looked around the cozy shop, one of the employees closest to me continued to do what he had been doing, refusing to acknowledge me. I found this rather strange. I had encountered him previously few weeks ago and had received similarly odd acknowledgement from him. Using terse words, he had addressed me as if I was nothing. As if I had done something to him when this was only the first time I had seen this person who had this cold, stern look on his face. I was greeted with this same behavior a second time as I stood there waiting. Having dealt with this ignorance before, I knew what the cause of this was. A fragile scarf I wore on my head every day for almost three years now, had gotten strange remarks such as “terrorist” and “towel head” as well as some comments such “Someone call security!” or “Go back to your country.” I continued to smile as if nothing was happening, as if my rights were not being violated.

7 scores and 9 years old, Abraham Lincoln stood in front of a grieving crowd and addressed the injustices that had inflicted a group of 4 million African American slaves whose rights are being abridged by a group of supremacists. By a group of people that thought they had the right to take a group’s God given rights away because they thought themselves superior. 2 scores and 7 years ago, an African American by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. in the name of non-violent direct action took a stand against this injustice again, and helped this group of 4 million gain back what was rightfully theirs. They were granted equal rights in the eyes of many. America, for the first time in years, made its way towards progress. 11 years ago, a group of radical extremists hijacked four planes in the name of my religion and my Creator because they felt that was their only option. Not only did they hijack these planes, but they hijacked my identity, they hijacked my religion, and most importantly, they hijacked my rights as a Muslim American. As I walk around campus, around my hometown, around shopping plazas, I am given hateful looks. I am blamed for what happened 11 years ago. I am used as a scapegoat for years of bottled up emotions that are ready to be unleashed. All progress made for equal rights was lost when innocent people were detained by the government because of their Muslim “terrorist-like” names. The word terrorist was redefined as “Muslim male with beard.” War was started against an invisible enemy known as “Terror” and millions of civilians lost lives to this enemy. The war continues on foreign land but what people don’t realize is that this war is taking over our country too. This war continues to eat away at the progress we had made in the name of “equal rights for all.” The words “American Muslim” are seen as a paradox and my rights as an American are abridged on a day to day basis. Would our founding fathers be proud of the values we hold dear to our hearts today such as “Equal rights for those who fit a certain profile” or “Hatred for all”? Would our founding fathers approve of this unconstitutional hate for people of other religions? It’s time for us to make a change. It’s time for us to accept our difference and move towards a better future in which our children can enjoy the liberties that this country was found on, liberties which have been taken away and given back to those who have been oppressed by hatred, in which we can walk into a Starbucks and expect the same treatment as someone of a different religion or color. In which, we can all, no matter our color, religion, socioeconomic status, enjoy the liberties granted by our Creator and reiterated by our founding fathers.

Short Assignment 4 : Romney to forgo Medicare (1)

Mitt Romney will forgo the Medicare program according to CNN Political Ticker even though he is now, of age. Though he does not plan on using Medicare, he plans on offering seniors the “option of enrolling in a private insurance plan.” With the articles about his high annual salary, it’s no wonder he isn’t taking the extra help. Whether this decision is ethics related or due to his position as a presidential candidate, it’s nice to know someone is refusing the extra help and leaving it for those who really need it.

Malcolm X: Rhetoric for Black Nationalism

Malcolm X took the idiom “like father, like son” to  a whole new level with his devotion to the Black Nationalism Movement, by matching his father’s outspoken views about this revolutionary creed that strove to gain independence from the European society. At an early age, Malcolm X lost his father who, was assassinated by the Black Legion organization. His mom being emotional unfit was committed to a mental institution and Malcolm along with his siblings were split up and put into foster homes and orphanages (Biography). After a troublesome period in his life, Malcolm was introduced to the Nation of Islam organization by his brother and he begun to pursue his long journey of gaining equality for his race.

Malcolm X’s charismatic speeches were able to move many and helped the Black Revolution gain more support due to the plethora of rhetorical devices he used as well as the connection he was able to create with his audience. Using analogies, biblical allusions, and vivid adjectives to create a black and white world with only one interpretation of the events being carried out, he was able to inspire his audience to act against slavery and segregation. With the use of epideictic rhetoric, X was able to amplify the feelings of the black community and bring light to the oppression they were enduring by their white “superiors.”

While Malcolm X’s The Black Revolution and God’s Judgment of White America call for a more violent response from the African American community, The Ballot or The Bullet takes a less aggressive approach. This change in voice could be due to his change of heart towards Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam organization. In all three speeches, X makes analogies using the wolf to symbolize the White conservatives who “show their teeth in a snarl that keeps that Negro always aware of where he stands with them” and the fox to represent the White Liberals who “lure the Negro” with their smile and “as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the smiling fox (God’s Judgment of White America).” He also states that even though they are two different animals, they come from the same race  and therefore are the same (The Ballot or The Bullet). This image of the two vicious animals waiting for the Negros to fall into their trap symbolizes the harsh environment in which the African Americans are forced to live in, without the option to go back to their home country.

Setting up a scenario where it’s either “them or us,” Malcolm X attempts to persuade his people to act. Along with analogies, X also uses the biblical allusion of the shepherd and his sheep. In God’s Judgment of White America, he states that the African Americans are “referred to in the symbolism of the Scripture as the Lost Sheep” which makes a connection with the Christian African Americans in the audience with the Holy Book of God, the Bible. This connection helps Malcolm establish his authority on this issue and convinces the people that they are the “lost sheep” that the bible speaks of. He farther states that “God will separate his black sheep from the white goat” and “the goats are to be slaughtered (God’s Judgment of White America).”  Because God does not allow the sheep to integrate with the goat, how can the African Americans be expected to integrate with the wolf? Using this logical fallacy, he makes his point clear to his Christian audience that separation of the two races is a must; in fact, it is decreed by God. Using common Prophets from Judaism, Islam and Christianity, he makes his point by saying that in the Jewish, Islamic and Biblical past, the good have had to separate from the evil so that God could punish the evil and the same must be done so that “White America” is punished for her crimes against his race (Black Revolution). Using Prophets that are known by most if not all of his audience, he reaffirms a connection previously established with the Christian members of the audience to include everyone else.

Throughout The Black Revolution and God’s Judgment of White America, Malcolm X uses the phrase “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad” to amplify the beliefs of the Nation of Islam organization with the use of epideictic rhetoric. He does not claim to speak from his own mind, but just regurgitates what Elijah Muhammad, the president of Nation of Islam, believes to be true. He equates the president of this organization to a present-day Prophet here to free the African American people to establish his authenticity and Elijah Muhammad’s.

Along with biblical allusions and analogies, Malcolm X also uses vivid adjectives to create a black and white world.  Using words like “blood-thirsty wolf,” “childlike patriotism,” and “nonbelieving infidels,” X establishes a negative white America with a clear line between the Blacks, the good, and the Whites, the evil. With this clear image of the American population, Malcolm X attempts to convince this audience to act and gain freedom by separating from the White race. In The Ballot or The Bullet, he states that people for integration and separation have the “same objective.” These two groups of people have different ideas how to get freedom which unifies the whole African American population and well defines this separation between the blacks and the whites.

Malcolm has been credited for substantially increasing the size of the Nation of Islam several folds due to his charisma and inspiring speeches full of many rhetorical devices to persuade his audience to act against the oppression of the African American race. These speeches were able to help the Black Revolution gain the support of the African Americans and the White population that saw this injustice and struggled to gain equal rights for their fellow Americans.



Works Cited

“Biography.” Malcolm X Offical Website. Web. 8 March 2012.

Malcolm X. “The Black Revolution.” Web. 8 March 2012.

Malcolm X. “God’s Judgement of White America (The Chickens Come Home to Roost).” Web 8 March 2012.

Malcolm X. “The Ballot or the Bullet (April 12, 1964).” Malcolm X. Web. 8 March 2012.