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One of the top 100 speeches of all time Malcolm X The Ballot or the Bullet presents examples of all four ways to persuade In this speech Malcolm X attempts to persuade his audience that blacks are not actually American citizens just Africans living in America He uses each type of persuasion in order to have the audience appeal to his point of view First Malcolm X uses many different ways to intensify or make his argument look good He repetitively stresses the fact that Negroes are not welcome in the United States Everything that came out of Europe every blue-eyed thing is already an American And as long as I have been over here we arent Americans yet This with out a doubt makes his argument look good He also says that his ancestors worked in this country for three hundred years with nothing in return This makes the audience feel almost sorry for the African American race He is trying to appeal to the emotions of the hardworking American citizen He claims that the blacks are the first to jump into uniform to defend their country a country that doesnt even gives them civil rights This allows for Malcolms speech to appear as though the African Americans have done nothing wrong and that they are just victims of a harsh society Not only does Malcolm X focus his attention on the black community he also intensifies the wrongs of is opponent America He accuses the United States government of being a segregationist governmental conspiracy He implies that the same government that you go abroad for and die for is the government that is in a conspiracy to deprive you of your voting rights deprive you of your economic opportunities deprive you of decent housing deprive you of decent education is the one responsible for the failure of the Negro He focuses on the fault of the American society to suggest
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