The Ballot Or The Bullet, By Malcolm X Essay

1045 Words Sep 18th, 2015 5 Pages
In the Ballot or the Bullet, Malcolm X directs the speech towards the media and white people about the mistreatment and segregation of African Americans. He states that he doesn’t want religion to stand in the way of fighting for economic or social justice. Malcom uses a defiant rhetoric and asks that all African Americans put aside their differences in order to join as one. Malcolm wants his people to stop supporting white politicians and direct their support towards black political leaders. He proclaims it’s time to “stop singing and start swinging.” Stating changes will not get you any freedom or respect but putting up a fight will. Mr. X uses many examples of logos, ethos, and pathos to trigger people’s emotions and to ignite a will in blacks to stand up against segregation.

The speech begins with the rhetorical appeal of ethos. He begins by telling the audience that he is still a Muslim who follows the religion of Islam. He states that his religious beliefs have no negative effect on the issue of black equality. "I 'm not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it 's time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem...". This statement gains the audience 's respect because he is being forthright with them, while still showing how dedicated he is. This point is even more effective, because Malcolm X was already known as an influential black leader.…

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