Rhetorical Analysis Of ' I Am ' By Assata Shakur

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Jonathan Vasquez
English 1020
Campbell
6 October 2017

Rhetorical Analysis of “To My People” by Assata Shakur

During the 70s, the fight for equal rights and Black power was a ravaging fight. Famous protesters such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Assata Shakur. In particular, Assata Shakur was a leader of the Black Power Movement (BPM). Through her struggles, Shakur educates her audience, this is written on a blog but spoken out loud at the time, on how there is racial bias and injustice. By applying a wide range of rhetorical devices, Shakur uses her position as a Black Liberation Army leader to motivate African Americans to fight for the Black Power Movement. As Shakur begins her speech, she introduces pathos into her writing.
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The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives. They call us murderers, but we were not responsible for the twenty-eight brother inmates and nine hostages murdered at attica” (17). Providing examples of tyranny and accusations personify the evil that the legal system has against African Americans and further digs the idea that every officer is out there hunting them down. Repeating the phrase “They call us murderers…” Shakur demonstrates that the police are blaming the murders as “a community fight” or placing the blame on an African American because it is convenient (15-19). The repetition in the beginning of each sentence proves that African Americans were blamed for murders that they did not commit. To further push her purpose of joining the BPM and protect the African American population, Shakur persuades her audience to observe the injustices and accusations happening. Close to finishing her speech, Shakur profoundly speaks by translating ethos and allusions to benefit the BPM. Credibility travels deeper into the mind when a speaker addresses an audience and Shakur recalls that, “they call us kidnappers, yet Brother Clark Squires (who is accused, along with me, of murdering a new jersey state trooper) was kidnapped on April z, 1969…Brother Squires was innocent. Yet he was kidnapped from his community and family. Over two years of his life was stolen, but

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