By Kent A. Ono
In response to many pundits and cultural commentators, the U.S. is having fun with a post-racial age, thank you partially to Barack Obama's upward push to the presidency. This excessive gloss of optimism fails, even though, to acknowledge that racism is still ever current and alive, unfold through channels of media and circulated even in colloquial speech in ways in which will be tricky to research. during this groundbreaking assortment edited by means of Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono, students search to envision this complex and contradictory terrain whereas relocating the sector of conversation in a extra intellectually effective course. a superb staff of individuals from more than a few educational backgrounds demanding situations conventional definitions and purposes of rhetoric. From the troubling media representations of black looters after storm Katrina and rhetoric in information insurance concerning the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres to cinematic representations of race in Crash, Blood Diamond, and Quentin Tarantino’s movies, those essays exhibit advanced intersections and structures of racialized our bodies and discourses, critiquing race in cutting edge and fascinating methods. serious Rhetorics of Race seeks not just to appreciate and navigate an international fraught with racism, yet to alter it, one notice at a time.
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59 The Times-Picayune oﬀered ear- and eyewitness accounts of rape and murder: “Several times a day, witnesses said, gunshots rang out, prompting stampedes that they said had killed at least one child. ”61 The Times quoted one eyewitness, Darcel Monroe, who “‘stammered hysterically as she recounted seeing two young girls being raped in one of the women’s bathrooms’” in the Superdome. “‘A lot of people saw it but they were afraid to do anything,’ she said. ”62 Such portrayals dehumanized and demonized New Orleans’ residents and evacuees, thereby implying that extreme measures were necessary to eliminate them and save the body politic.
Haspel In late August 2005, the United States was exposed. S. 3 Media coverage of the storm’s aftermath was marked by crime news reports that New Orleans had descended into chaos, anarchy, and lawlessness. S. news media produced a diﬀuse mythic narrative, transforming New Orleans into a primitive swamp that unleashed primordial and sinful creatures in the form of dangerous black brutes who looted, raped, murdered, and took over the city. The narrative implied that large militaristic forces, harnessed by white paternalistic heroes, were necessary to rescue New Orleans’ women, children, and elderly from the black beasts.
Owen, letter to the editor, Washington Post, September 3, 2005, A30. 34. Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan, “A Friend to Pats Fans Copes with Katrina,” Boston Globe, September 3, 2005, D2. 35. Mark Davis, “Katrina: the Aftermath: Dad Takes Rescue into Own Hands,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 6, 2005, F1. 36. Scott Gold and Ellen Barry, “Katrina Hits the Gulf Coast; Dozens Killed, Damage Heavy as Katrina Roars In; New Orleans Is Hit Hard, but Mississippi Feels Category 4 Hurricane’s Full Force,” Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2005, A1.
Critical Rhetorics of Race by Kent A. Ono