By Associate Professor Elaine B Richardson, Ronald L Jackson II
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These questions point to a possible “crisis of faith,” particularly for Black rhetors and scholars, and are queries that must be confronted seriously. Geneva Smitherman’s widely acclaimed book, Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America (1977/1986) also was conceived in the late 1960s. Although primarily considered a linguist, Smitherman is perhaps most responsible for popularizing the “Black Modes of Discourse,” vernacular conceptions that are invaluable with respect to rhetorical analysis.
Three times Harper reminded the audience at the 1858 meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society that the suffering “slave mother who clasps her child to her heaving breast does not own it by right of possession” (Harper, 1858, p. 1). Her postbellum speeches include women in all cataloging of progress. , “Colored men and women have gone into journalism”), in reference to race accomplishments (Logan, 1995, p. 38). Harper’s postbellum speeches to White women’s groups were presented within a carefully worded frame of progress through increased influence.
Any Black who would defend an African military dictatorship is as much a fascist as Hoover” (1990, p. ii). ” “I’m convinced,” he said, that any serious organizing of people must carry with it from the start a potential threat of revolutionary violence. Without [the threat of violence], the establishment forces will succeed in isolating the political organizer and closing down his project before the people can feel its benefits. Self-determination requires a small, hidden, highly trained army equipped with the very best and most destructive of military weapons, and a bodyguard of counter-terrorists.
African American Rhetoric(s) Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Associate Professor Elaine B Richardson, Ronald L Jackson II