Intention

In this part, we will consider Barack Obama’s intention while delivering his remarks on Trayvon Martin on 19th of July, 2013.

Barack Obama’s main intentions are to discuss the racial issues concerning the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquitting of George Zimmerman and to present several ways in which such events can be avoi…

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Racial discrimination

Part of Obama’s speech is connected to his intention of highliting the racial discrimination that is still present in the United States. For this, he relies on the rhetorical device of repetition to show how African-American men and boys suffer from racial discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis:

There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of …

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Tackling racial bias

Obama’s intention is also to present ways in which similar events can be avoided in the future. For this, he comes up with four proposals about racial tolerance. Here, Obama first relies on logos and direct argumentation to convince the audience of the validity of his proposals:

Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for th…

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