Post #2 Rhetorical Analysis: Are You Represented In America?
In the article from the New York Times titled “Divided America: Minorities Hopeful, Whites sour of the future,” by The Associated Press, is a series of interviews based on people backgrounds (class, gender, and ethnicity) and who they are voting for. Giving the background to show what reasons that person has on voting for who they are (Trump or Clinton). The main focuses of race are around the White, Black, and Hispanic communities. Some share the fact that they are in the middle-class, while others relate on the terms that they have built their wealth in America and that the next president should only improve on that. There is a focus on the mistreatment of human rights, how they compare from when some of the interviewees have had trouble even buying shoes, to now when the minimum wage is nearing the $16 range.
This article shows Logos through showing information of what demographic is voting for whom, and the details of how class and race play a role in who each interviewee is voting for. Logically the article brings in the main separating subjects of class, race, and gender into the mix for explaining what each nominee has backing them. Whether it be who their focus is on to have a certain class, race or gender vote for them, while at the same time diminishing the opponent. The Ethos is shown through what the author might be bias towards. The perspective of the Associated Press looks to be leaning to supporting Clinton because they talk more about how she represents the middle to lower class, and she is supposed to be for the people. Because of how sensitive the topic of politics is it is Pathos. This presidency is very emotional for many people because of the words like Trump represents. Evoking racism and violence to solve the issues in the U.S. The author is able to use this to speak about the topic of how class, race, and gender play a role into who will/can be elected for president.
The reason why this topic is interesting is because these different interviews cause you as the reader to change your thinking. One thing to think about is the idea that “If you’re at the bottom moving up, you feel much better about your prospects than if you’re at the top moving down (Mark Mellman).” Since as minorities, we are given a limited amount of resources in which we have to work out in order to be able to gain the same success as a person of an upper class White family. If you have reached the “highest” potential and become comfortable where you are at, you lack the insight and the need to gain a higher state. While when you are lower class and only have the sky as your limit, then you would be more inclined to push yourself harder the reach a more comfortable state.
· Associated Press. “Divided America: Minorities Hopeful, Whites Sour of the Future.” Divided America: Minorities Hopeful, Whites Sour of the Future. New York Times, n.d. Web.