The Two Articles I Have Chosen For This Assignment Both

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The two articles I have chosen for this assignment both focus on the stigma about mental illness in the black community and how to overcome it. The first article I will talk about does not use the rhetorical appeals in an effective way; whereas, article ii use the rhetorical appeals more successfully in order to persuade the audience to support his viewpoint. Article 1 The first article “The Truth About Overcoming Mental Illness in the Black Community” was written by Tamiya King. I believe the author wrote the article to inform those, but to mainly persuade the African American community to acknowledge and properly treat those with mental illness. The article reads, Healthy and open discussions about mental health are still very much…show more content…
It is common for Black Americans to attend church more often, talk to a religious leader or share their concerns with a fellow Christian as a way to deal with emotional issues. While this can provide relief in some aspects, bipolar disorder is a serious disease and should be treated by a professional, even while the patient maintains a spiritual practice. The quote clearly shows that the article is intended for the black church. Analysis of Rhetoric. The author’s article does utilize the rhetorical appeals, but seems subtle. The use of ethos does lack within the article and the author comes across as bias towards the healthcare system. As written: There are several reasons that Black people are not so quick to get medical treatment for bipolar disorder. After all, the Black community possesses a general distrust for health care professionals, since African Americans are more likely to be institutionalized for mental health issues. Many of these individuals are sent to mental health facilities, when medication and lifestyle adjustments could serve as effective treatment for their bipolar disorder. African Americans are also less likely to have financial access to quality medical care, and are often made to feel that being institutionalized is the only viable option. Here the author depicts the system as not providing proper succor to African Americans. Yet refuses to acknowledge
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