Ferguson Don 't Shoot By David Fitzsimmons

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“Ferguson Don’t Shoot”: A Rhetorical Analysis For decade’s race relations has been a controversial topic in America. Black Americans have been fighting for equal treatment for over fifty years. David Fitzsimmons’ compelling cartoon, “Ferguson, Don’t Shoot,” published August 2014 in the Arizona Daily Star, used a variety of persuasive techniques to voice his opinion on race relations and equal treatment of African-Americans in America today following recent criticism of President Obama and the non-violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri By using certain language, colors, and including one of the most powerful political figures, he draws the attention of the audience to an issue bigger than Ferguson. In this cartoon, the first thing you notice is President Obama in a suit and tie with his hands up. He is standing next to a guy of the same race and size with his hands raised, also wearing a baseball cap and a t-shirt that says “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” which is the phrase used by non-violent protesters of Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Obama’s speech bubble reads “Stopped for ‘driving while black’ in Ferguson? Try ‘Governing while black’ in Washington D.C. I’m with you, Brother.” In the background, between the man and Obama, there is a black woman holding an “Equal Treatment” sign in protest. On the right of the President there is an officer threatening his position in office. It obviously is not the first time he has had to tell Obama to get out

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