Analysis Of Malcolm London's Speech

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In today's modern era, African American students are almost designed to fail America’s public school system. However, TED talks’ Malcolm London not only is not only one of many examples that excelled in a failed system, but also conquered it. His feisty, passionate performance take on the issues of American education system. Since school is lacking the unique aspects of humans and school is meant for competition, thus school is set up for failure; London develops a persona with audience to convince them high school is a training ground. Once the video starts, London choses to start the beginning of his speech while in the back of the crowd, rather than on stage. From the beginning, London shows he is a part of the people, rather than …show more content…

When London states “but you have to step on someone else to get there” This emphasizes the idea that not only him, but many others, different and just like him have felt that in the American education system, “raises you but you have to step on someone else to get there”. Public school is meant for competition, rather than what we as a nation believes should be ‘a more perfect union’ London does not say in detail what he means by the phrase “to get there”. London instead lets the audience, and the viewer decide what ‘there’ is perhaps its a good grade in the classroom, or perhaps the courage to confront your crush, maybe even to improve your life one way or another. ‘There’ London then takes inspiration from the quote by Mark Twain:‘I will not let my schooling interfere with my education’, already came with the idea of school is set up for failure. London states “Homework is stressful, but when you go home every day and your home is work, you don't want to pick up any assignments.” Many students, both at the high school and at the college level, often have many out of school activities to attend to, such as family, jobs, and other personal interest. London’s increase in pace also emphasizes that importance of “your home is work” should not be taken lightly. London

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