Black History Month Rhetorical Analysis

            My purpose for writing this paper is to analyze Hanna Guthrie’s “Black History Month” and provide recommendations why the paper should be or not published The Shorthorn based on its suitability to the audience. Although the paper addresses an important social issue in the society regarding racism in America, the readers of The Shorthorn may not be persuaded by the write up. This is basically due to lack of logical information to support the primary claim of the author. Guthrie’s article does not have adequate factual evidence to support her claim. The UTA community however may not have a problem with the article as it addresses a critical social issue. The UTA community would not have a problem with the students getting to know about the evils of racism and how deep it runs in the society.  

            [blur] Guthrie’s original claim in the article is that the racism experienced in the U.S. is self imposed. The author did not make the claim directly in her text but it has been deduced from the string of arguments in her article. Guthrie fails to give an adequate amount of factual arguments in support of the facts she acclaims in the article. Most of her arguments are generalized and she does not provide succinct evidence and often relies on remote source to justify them. The readers of The Shorthorn would be impressed by arguments that are supported by logical analysis of facts and has sufficient evidence to the claims. Mere stating of facts without providing enough evidence for such claims would not convince the readers of The Shorthorn. [/blur]

            [blur] In her first claim, Guthrie states that it is exasperating that people anticipate the end of racism in America while the minority races still hold special occasions in specific days or week dedicated to them. She feels that holding special occasions for the minority groups makes them distinct from the mainstream society. Her idea is that this approach is not a step towards integration of the minority races. She however does not provide any factual evidence to confirm her claim which hence seems as a mere statement of fact. A critical reader would not understand the main reason why the author developed the idea or its source. In her second claim, Guthrie states that racism does not characterize the whole society. Again, the author fails to provide factual support to her claim and only states that she would argue the fact through focusing on the ethnic background of all the people, which she doesn’t. [/blur]

            [blur] The article by Hanna Guthrie seem to over exploit Raina Kelly’s article which she quotes about four times in her eight paragraph write up. The article in which she seeks reference is not scholarly the information contained may not be credible as well. Constant reference to the article only reduces the validity of the author’s arguments and may not impress The Shorthorn readers. The claims by Guthrie on racism seem to be driven by emotional appeals. [/blur]

[blur] Guthrie states that “I think much of the problem today in the way of racial relations, is with America’s obsession with political correctness”. Again, Guthrie does not provide any evidence to support her thoughts on why she feels that racial relations are influenced by the idea of political correctness in the country. Additionally, her claim seems to be largely influenced by emotional appeal. Such is characterized by use of words like “obsession” which serves as a compelling reason to support her argument. [/blur]

            [blur] Readers of The Shorthorn are sufficiently informed about matters of racism from various sources and some has reviewed the topic critically in learning resources for their respective courses. Most of them especially those who have specific interest in matters of racism and segregation in the society would be dissatisfied with Guthrie’s article as she merely states facts and does not provide detailed information to support her claims. [/blur]

[blur] Although Guthrie’s article may provide a new direction of study about racism in America it would not appeal readers seeking answers about the topic. Guthrie undermines her primary claim in the paper by lack of factual research evidence to support it. Her article therefore seems like an individualized opinion on the issue of racism in America. Additionally, Guthrie seems to be expecting criticism from her opinions. This can be observed where at some point she writes that people may think that she is a racist. [/blur]

            [blur] Guthrie in her article discredits approaches that have been adopted by the organizations and the government to promote integration of the minority to the mainstream society and fails to provide possible solution. Further, she does not explain how such approaches promote racism.  For instance, Guthrie feels that affirmative action to prioritize the American minorities in the government, companies and learning institutions does not address the issue of racism. The author seemingly discredits the mechanisms that have been put in place to address the issue of racism. Other than lack of factual evidence to support her claims, she does not provide any probable solution to the issue. [/blur]

            [blur] Hannah Guthrie published her article in 2010 when she was an English major second year student. This questions the credibility in her opinions as she does not have any expertise in matters pertaining racism. Additionally, Guthrie has no particular qualification on racism issues and there is no evidence indicating that she is an advocate of any antiracism campaign. Connectively, she authored for UCI’s New University which a school press. [/blur]

[blur] Being a school newspaper, the credibility of published reports is questionable. The paper in which she constantly made reference is also not a credible source as it was an opinion report for Newsweek Magazine. Although the magazine provides detailed news and opinions on culture and politics, the topics are developed by passionate writers rather than expert researchers on respective topics. [/blur]

            [blur] Guthrie in her article seems passionate about the problem of racism in the country. She successfully outlines various issues that promote racism and its source which she feels is self imposed. Guthrie’s primary argument is logical but she fails to provide sufficient evidence to support it. She refers to a less credible source to support her opinions. On the other hand, she attacks the very approaches that have been put in place to check racism in the society, such as the “Black History Month” and the affirmative action that safeguard the rights and opportunities of the minority groups. She argues that these mechanisms do not eradicate racism but rather confirms its existence. [/blur]

            [blur] By expressly stating that cultural occasions meant to commemorate special events for the minority groups promote continuous existence of racism, Guthrie’s article will probably receive backlash from some The Shorthorn readers who might be of a contrary opinion. Although Guthrie states that she is not naïve or ignorant on matters pertaining racism, some readers may accuse her on being ignorant of culture and cultural origin of specific social groups. It is obvious that Guthrie advocates for abandonment of cultural days among the minority groups and especially those that identifies with their origin. [/blur]

[blur] I find the article necessary to read as it covers a topic that interests everyone in our society. Most readers of The Shorthorn would be quick to realize the lack of solid arguments in the paper. Readers who seek specific answers about racism in the paper may be disappointed as well. However, I recommend publishing of the article in The Shorthorn as it will attract mass readership since it regards a topic of interest. [/blur]

Black History Month Rhetorical Analysis

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