Critical Rhetorics of Race by Kent A. Ono

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 partly to Barack Obama's upward thrust to the presidency. This excessive gloss of optimism fails, although, to acknowledge that racism continues to be ever current and alive, unfold via channels of media and circulated even in colloquial speech in ways in which should be tricky to investigate. during this groundbreaking assortment edited through Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono, students search to ascertain this complex and contradictory terrain whereas relocating the sector of communique in a extra intellectually effective course. a good workforce of members from quite a number educational backgrounds demanding situations conventional definitions and functions of rhetoric. From the troubling media representations of black looters after typhoon Katrina and rhetoric in information insurance in regards to the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres to cinematic representations of race in Crash, Blood Diamond, and Quentin Tarantino’s motion pictures, those essays demonstrate complicated intersections and buildings of racialized our bodies and discourses, critiquing race in cutting edge and interesting methods. serious Rhetorics of Race seeks not just to appreciate and navigate a global fraught with racism, yet to alter it, one note at a time.

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CNN, “Reports Exaggerated”; USA Today, “After Review”; Angela Tuck, “Katrina Blew Journalists’ Skepticism out the Window,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 1, 2005, A15; Christopher Shea, “Up for Grabs: Sociologists Question How Much Looting and Mayhem Really Took Place in New Orleans,” Boston Globe, September 11; 2005, E1; Robert E.  . [about] the beheading of a baby [and] the systematic rape of white women” were false. S.  . ” Matt Welch, “They Shoot Helicopters, Don’t They? How Journalists Spread Rumors During Katrina,” Reason 37, no.

Still, in deathdefying rescue missions, local and national civil servants were depicted as sav- 34 Michael G. Lacy and Kathleen C. Haspel ing stranded and desperate New Orleans residents, tourists, and evacuees. 133 In doing so, the major dailies cast them and the National Guard as superheroes who “plucked” “a twisting column of refugees” off rooftops with helicopters and cutter boats,134 “clawed through roofs with bare hands,”135 and broke through rooftops with axes, pulling individual residents out of harm’s way.

24 The most distinctive scenic feature of Hurricane Katrina news coverage during the aftermath was, collectively, the looters. Looters appeared 369 times in our sample of major news stories. , fire, smoke, dark skies, gas, water, and putrid smells29). The primordial images suggested that the storm reduced New Orleans to a primitive swamp, unfit for human life or existence. The only surviving creatures in New Orleans’ toxic waters were the demonic symbols of biblical sin: snakes and insects.  .  .

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