Links to rhetorical tools:

Here are links to the rhetorical tools used in this class:

Schemes & Tropes -- Perelman & Olbrechts-Tyteca -- Fallacies

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The BLM Analysis - Mash-up Analysis

#BLM Movement – Mash-Up Data and Analysis

Video: One Month in Ferguson – The Death of Michael Brown (The Young Turks)

The video by The Young Turks is a powerful one, but it unintentionally follows a theme from the rhetorical aspects of shame. Heather Brook Adams wrote “Rhetorics of Unwed Motherhood and Shame” as a tale of the utilization of shame to deter woman in the 1950s and 1960s from getting pregnant outside of marriage (which likely involved waiting to have sex after marriage). The central topic is that unwed mothers were forced to hide their pregnancy to avoid bringing shame on the family name. Shame is a power force, albeit a social construct.

Shame in the video is not hidden or put away, but put on display and shown! Shame is used in the film, by documenting police killing black civilians and the outrage that shortly unfold thereafter. This shame is used to deter the activity of police killing black people. It is as the videos were saying:

“How DARE you kill innocent and unarmed black citizens! How DARE you discriminate during searches and when using force! HOW DARE YOU BUST OUT THE RIOT GEAR BEFORE THE PROTESTS BEGIN!!! You know what you did was wrong, and now you are in damage control mode! You should be ashamed of yourself!”

(The Capitalization is not intended to commit the Accent Fallacy, only to emphasize the words.)

This shame is utilized to bring forth change and to stop the murder of blacks by police, and to cease preemptive preparation for riots before any protest occurs (to downplay the militarization of the police pre-protest).

Press: Article – Regarding Waning Press Coverage of Police Violence on Blacks

Like the Ferguson video, the article is meant to shame the guilty party. This time, the news article is bashing the mainstream media, due to their lack of coverage of black suffering under police brutality in favor of other news-worthy stories.

Admittedly, the mainstream media may have sensed that the coverage of blacks being victimized by the police was losing its shock value and was becoming “boring” to the public. The mainstream media needs ratings to stay afloat and to pay its workers, so they will shift to hot topics when they arise, abandoning “old news” if need be.

The likely knows this, and they are flexing a value-hierarchy when they call the mainstream media out for covering the political turmoil in Washington D.C. and the inauguration of Trump as the President of the U.S., but not the suffering and the struggle of blacks against the police forces across the U.S.

The believes that the videos, the tweets, the photos, and the stories provide solid evidence that there is still racism and inequality in the United States. They believe that the militarization of the police goes down a dark path. And, the is outraged that the mainstream media is ignoring this suffering, this sadness, this chaos of the black people in favor of coverage of the Trump Administration. Shame, therefore, is their weapon against the mainstream media. It is as if this is their message:

“So, Donald Trump’s presidency is very important, but the shooting deaths of Michael Brown, Traevon Martin, and Tamir Rice are not important enough for media coverage. The protests in Ferguson are lost to the Russian probes? Are the cries of the victims and the suffering of blacks snuffed out by the pussy grabs? How could you cover one high-profile white man, but not hundreds, if not thousands, of blacks victimized by police brutality? Shame on you! Stop covering Trump’s tiny, pale hands, and start covering the blood-stained hands of the racist boys in blue!”

Again, shame is not hidden. Shame is used to expose, to guilt trip, and to elicit change from public reaction to the shame.

Social Media: #TamirRice on Twitter

There is, admittedly, a lot of passion and anger on the twitter page of #TamirRice. Tamir Rice was a 12-year old who was gunned down by police, supposedly because he was waving around a toy gun that looked like an actual firearm while on a playground. I can say that this outrage and this passion from the community is well-intended and is justified, but only some of the tweets really “hit people in the feels.”

There is the blatant sarcasm of many a tweet, there is “clumping” of #<insert name here>’s, there is complete outrage, and then there is the sweet remembrance pictures.

There is shame in the #TamirRice page. It is simple, but effective. It is stated, nonverbally and indirectly, as something like this:

“How could you do that to an innocent child?”

Besides puppies and kittens, try and name something else that is more precious and innocent than a child’s life or a baby’s life. … It really is tough to say something, is it not?

Shame is prevalent, but it is only a small component. There is more towards the aspect of Nommo – the creative force and the essence of that which is good. Nommo is the message of the #TamirRice page, and Nommo is the result of the value of justice for Tamir. Tamir’s death was tragic, but it does not have to be for nothing! With Nommo, something greater could be achieved with Tamir, a better future could result from Tamir’s “sacrifice.” I am not saying that Tamir’s death was inevitable nor was it justified, but Nommo and the value of justice would ensure that his death would not be a waste. Nommo can unify, it can heal old wounds, and it can bring forth creative solutions.

I am sure the Karenga would state that man is inherently good, and Nommo would evoke that which is good in man. Nommo would allow blacks to stand against oppression and would allow for bring peace and absolute good unto the globe.

I am also guessing that Karenga would appreciate the artwork of Tamir Rice by NIKKOLAS @4NIKKOLAS, which is very touching and it very heart-warming. Actually, NIKKOLAS wrote a poem about Tamir’s final minutes of life, but the artwork accompanying it deserves an Emmy Award or a Nobel prize!

Here is the link to the picture section of Twitter, where you can find the picture:

Here is the picture, if you cannot find it:



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