The Rhetorical Analysis of “He’s Not Black” by Marie Arana
| Likita M.Taylor
ENG: 1320: Composition I
Rhetorical Analysis of “He’s Not Black” by Marie Arana
I selected “He’s Not Black” by Marie Arana. Arana discusses a topic that affects all of us today; especially “minorities” in America; how do we define ourselves racially. Like most of us, the author has many different heritages in her ancestry. I like how she described a public figure, in this case being President Barrack Obama; to illustrate how America is quick to identify someone to one particular race and ignore the fact that we all have different types of “racial blood.” The election of President Obama caused many people to realize that we now have a “minority” in office which was a breakthrough in American history. To blacks, this gave them hope that we finally have a “black man” as President. However, this victory is much more that the “personification of African American achievement.” His victory represents a coming together of all races, for after many years of seeing political figures mainly ruled by white supremacy, it gives the whole world hope that we will now finally see world leaders for their intellect and character, rather than their background or skin color. While we welcome the change, the author drives home an important point, we must change the way we see each other and not use the old rule of “half black is all black.”
Using a Popular Political Figure to Create a Sense of Authority
The author illustrates our current President Barrack Obama to describe her own experience of her racial background thus appealing to our sense of “ethos” or creditability. She compares his racial background; being a child of a white Kansan mother and a foreign father, to her own similar background. In doing this, she points out that his background is more similar to Latin Americans rather than to blacks, who often trace...
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