Rhetorical Analysis Of Black Lives Is Killing Americans

When one opens up a newspaper, magazine or their favorite news channel they might not realize that each source has an agenda. I can probably make an educated guess on your political ideologies based on what sources you read on a consistent basis. Fox News, in particular has been accused by numerous of academic and political figures of having various biases in their news coverage as well as perpetuating more extensive views of a conservative bias. In Bill O’Reilly news segment, “Black Lives is Killing Americans,” he scrutinizes the Black Lives Matters movement and argues that protesting against police brutality and violence perpetrated by the police makes them responsible for all of the gun violence and deaths in America. He uses harsh language …show more content…
Here in this statement O’Reilly demonizes the African American community by referring them as a, “violent subculture” then goes on to say that they should be “exposed” and “confronted.” (O’Reilly). The word choice he uses is very effective in evoking an emotion from the audience that there should be a form of action to put end to this problem. O 'Reilly also utilizes a alliteration in his speech and such examples are: “Chicago police have stopped stopping suspicious people,” and “When you fail to police people proactively, people commit more crimes.” (O’Reilly). By using this literary device it emphasizes the damaging effects of this movement while perpetuating this pessimistic view of the black community which reinforces the stereotypes Staples faces as a black …show more content…
Instead of having a individual personality that one can distinguish, these men are seen as members of a stereotype. However, the majority of the accusations generated by the public are false, members of this group suffer greatly. O 'Reilly contributes heavily to these stereotypes by perpetuating a negative image of the black community which he relays to millions of viewers. When O’Reily categorizes the Black Lives Matter group as a “violent subculture” and “race hustlers” and accuse them for “much of the violent crime in America is being committed right now” he is creating a generalization which will add onto some the stereotypes the black community is currently facing (O’Reilly). Staples is already dealing with these stereotypes when he brings up personal anecdotes such as his brief encounter with a white woman. The woman felt was “worried” and felt distraught, he was “menacingly close.” (Staples). This demonstrates how people immediately feel frightened, as if every black man is dangerous. Staples also mentions that he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, allowing the readers to know that he is very well educated and this is very contradicting to O 'Reilly who insinuates that young black men are “violent” (O’Reilly). Overall, the bias O’Reilly has demonstrated in his speech has not only perpetuated a negative view of the Black community but also classified them into one

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