Black Identity: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century by Professor Dexter B Gordon

By Professor Dexter B Gordon

Exploring the position of rhetoric in African American id and political discourse

Dexter B. Gordon’s Black identification: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalism explores the matter of racial alienation and the significance of rhetoric within the formation of black id within the usa. confronted with alienation and disenfranchisement as part of their day-by-day event, African americans built collective practices of empowerment that cohere as a constitutive rhetoric of black ideology. Exploring the origins of that rhetoric, Gordon finds how the ideology of black nationalism features in modern African American political discourse.

Rooting his examine within the phrases and works of nineteenth-century black abolitionists akin to Maria Stewart, David Walker, and Henry Garnet, Gordon explores the rapprochement among rhetorical concept, race, alienation, and the position of public reminiscence in identification formation. He argues that abolitionists used language of their speeches, pamphlets, letters, petitions, and broadsides that proven black identification in ways in which might foster liberation and empowerment. The arguments provided the following represent the one sustained therapy of nineteenth-century black activists from a rhetorical perspective. 

Gordon demonstrates the pivotal function of rhetoric in African American efforts to create a manageable public voice. realizing nineteenth-century black alienation—and its intersection with twentieth-century racism—is an important to figuring out the continuing feel of alienation that African americans show approximately their American event. Gordon explains how the ideology of black nationalism disciplines and describes African American lifestyles for its personal ends, exposing a crucial piece of the ideological fight for the soul of the United States. The booklet is either a platform for additional dialogue and a call for participation for extra voices to affix the discourse as we look for how you can understand the feel of alienation skilled and expressed through African americans in modern society.

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Put another way, when in moments of crisis where white supremacist rhetoric dominates American popular culture or guides the ship of state, race trumps everything and frames blacks and blackness as Other. A rhetorical approach to alienation might facilitate the inclusion of race as an important consideration in social theories, thus enabling us to account for material experiences such as those of middle-class blacks. Toward a Rhetorical Concept of Alienation In proposing a rhetorical conception of alienation, I characterize the discourse of both blacks and whites as material rather than representational.

It is a signifying practice that employs metaphors and myths to “twist reality, a reality of self and Other” (24–25). For example, the notion of “reverse racism” marks the birth of modern white racial recovery rhetoric (9). Gresson’s insights into the rhetoric of recovery provide an understanding of the role of rhetoric in the effort of African Americans to recover the concept of race. Following the work of Gregg and Gresson, Stephen Goldzwig uses the notion of symbolic realignment to explain the rhetorical function of Farrakhan’s discursive acts.

Beginning with his assessment of communication scholarship that discusses race, racism, and rhetoric as largely descriptive, McPhail sets out to extend the more promising efforts and to address the need for rhetorical theorizing about the “relationship between race and the underlying assumptions of Western thought concerning both language and difference” (3). These more promising studies include that of Marsha Houston Stanback and Barnet Pearce, whose “Talking to the Man” is a study of interracial communication that points to the transactional nature of such symbolic interaction and thus to the shared responsibility of each group for the outcomes.

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