Articles & Reviews

Vol 5, Iss 2

Vol. 5.2: Special Issue on Race, Rhetoric, and the State

“What galvanizes our aim is the increasing call by scholars across disciplines to critically engage violence and repression committed by and on behalf of the state. We seek to explore the ways in which the structures of the state explicitly and implicitly normalize violence against communities of color.”

Ursula Ore image from Phoenix New Times

“They Call Me Dr. Ore”

Ersula J. Ore

“Needless to say, I didn’t make it home that night. Instead I spent over nine hours sleeping on a jail cell floor with a stale roll beneath my head for a pillow because rather than acquiesce to the ways in which white parades as blue, I transgressed.”

Coyolxauhqui’s Unapologetic Survival

Xicano Indigeneity & State Violence: a Visual/Textual Dialogue

Santos F. Ramos, Angélica De Jesús

“In what ways does Indigenous social justice work differ from other kinds of social justice work? And what are some of the complications in building solidarity between social movements that focus on a diversity of issues?”

Lapel camera

That Camera Won’t Save You! The Spectacular Consumption of Police Violence

Armond R. Towns

“The capability to turn images of Black people recently murdered or beaten by police into Internet memes further normalizes antiblack violence as spectacle, throwing doubt on the radical potential of body cameras.”

Reuben Greene, Dubscience Photography, "Eye of the Storm."

Baltimore’s Uprising: Diasporic Liberation, Consciousness, and Place

Alexandra P. Gelbard

“The death of Freddie Grey on April 19, 2015 sparked Baltimore’s inclusion as a center of the Black Lives Matters movement – a contemporary iteration of an African Diasporic liberation consciousness.”

One More Video Theory (Some Assemblage Required)

One More Video Theory (Some Assemblage Required)

Sarah J. Arroyo, Bahareh Alaei

“We point out how remix and participatory culture are effective rhetorical moves against this type of psychological terrorism. By repurposing Ulmer’s genre of the “popcycle,” we put forward the concept of the “participatory popsicle.””

Chicago Immigration Protest May 1, 2006

Acceptable Heterogeneity: Brownwashing Rhetoric in President Obama’s Address on Immigration

Ana Milena Ribero

“Through the rhetoric of brownwashing, the Obama administration embraces heterogeneity by including acceptable and exceptional migrants into US civic life.”

Fig. 2: Activists Deface the CDC.

Reappropriating Public Memory: Racism, Resistance and Erasure of the Confederate Defenders of Charleston Monument

James Chase Sanchez, Kristen R. Moore

“Acts of “vandalism” and activism alter the perception of history, contesting our past and present, and illustrate that systemic racism pervades American culture.”

Michael brown and Darren Wilson

Michael Brown and the Clash of Civilizations: Activating Racialized History, Normalizing Racialized Violence

Scott Gage

“Addressing racialized State violence in the present, therefore, involves understanding both the rhetorical/visual functions and historical roots of the COC.”

March to honor Sandra Bland and protest deaths of black women in police custody

Implicating the State: Black Lives, A Matter of Speculative Rhetoric

andré carrington

“Not all speakers and listeners acknowledge that “#BlackLivesMatter as a rallying call was meant to undermine all forms of state violence” against all Black people. But we can choose to make that what it means.”

"In Self Defense" racist editorial cartoon.

In the Words of the ‘Last Rhodesian’: Dylann Roof and South Carolina’s Long Tradition of White Supremacy, Racial Rhetoric of Fear, and Vigilantism

Travis D. Boyce, Winsome Chunnu Brayda

“Can rhetoric teach us to “read” White supremacy? Can it teach us why Roof murdered nine people?”

American flag made of people's faces

Habits of Whiteness: The Rhetorics of Racial Categories and the Expansion of the Racial Divide

Theresa Donovan

“Citizens and immigrants alike consume racial ideology on an almost daily basis, and we are repeatedly forced to think of ourselves in racial terms even if we did not do so before.”

Elaine Richardson, From PHD to PhD

Book Review: Richardson’s PHD to Ph.D: How Education Saved My Life

Tamika L. Carey

“By unpacking the factors that led her to buy into what she describes as the lost commandment that “thou shalt not love a girl from the hood” throughout the early portions of her life, Richardson’s book makes a still urgent call.”

Vol. 5.1: Rhetoric on the Move

Vol. 5.1: Rhetoric on the Move

“Volume 5.1 continues our mission of publishing a wide variety of rhetorical scholarship on a vast expanse of important contemporary topics. Articles in this issue span the sacred and the secular, the deeply personal and the broadly political. The articles share an interest in movement—how rhetoric moves and exhorts audiences to move”