- Mar 2021
“That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves to register conservative-leaning voters who have been overlooked, to regularly engage more communities, and to strengthen election integrity across our state.”
It's interesting that Loeffler mentions increasing the overlooked conservative's vote-- it does make me wonder if her reaction would have been the same had she won. Furthermore, this is where Blow begins his examples of conservative leaders and their takes on recent election results (exemplification).
In Georgia, which went for a Democrat for the first time since Bill Clinton in 1992 and just elected two Democratic senators — one Black and one Jewish — there have been a raft of proposed voter restrictions.
This may of stuck out to me purely because I live in Georgia, but Blow's decision to include this in his article is interesting. The democratic victory was determined to be the direct result of increased voter turnout, particularly in communities of color. It is interesting that the legislation he mentions here manages turn this victory into a loss of some sort.
The lone Black delegate to the convention, Isaiah Montgomery, participated in openly suppressing the voting eligibility of most of those Black men, in the hope that this would reduce the terror, intimidation and hostility that white supremacists aimed at Black people.
This is interesting because Montgomery essentially sacrificed a part of his community and his heritage in the name of peace and compromise without being certain of the results. This makes me consider the present day political climate, particular, the way that neither side is willing to make concessions (especially the people power).
It’s grand larceny and, as usual, what is being stolen is power.
This is a striking last sentence; his representation of the recent voter suppression tactics as theft is a powerful symbolism. His connection to the past, "another of history's racist robberies", also appeals to the audience emotionally since the topic of past racism is touchy and logic; no one denies that these events happened in the past.
- Feb 2021
Not only is it barbaric, it is biased.
This word choice is bold. It's a short, choppy sentence that holds a lot of meaning. This particularly could appeal to Black people in the audience as well as any audience members that have previous interest or education on racial inequality. This word choice is also intense and emotional, captivating the audience's attention.
Those who are responsible for upholding this system profess to want to fight crime, but they do so by destroying communities.
This is an obviously emotional appeal that would affect anyone in the audience since most everyone has a sense of community somewhere. This statement also boldly shades those who uphold the system; including judges, cops, lawyers, and politicians.
Poverty and affluence make a mockery of our system of justice.
This is a strongly worded sentence with an almost angry tone. This kind of intense diction would most likely appeal to most Americans in the audience as well as law enforcement and politicians since the justice system is integral to their lives.
If the criminal justice system is to move toward racial equality and liberation, this change will have to start with the states.
This idea is repeated countlessly throughout the text (I have highlighted every time it is explicitly stated) and is in the title of this article. His view on this topic is abundantly clear and he uses repetition to drill this idea into his audience's head.