Bloods and the Crips: Use of Emotion to Convey an Argument

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Emotion can draw viewers into the documentaries argument.

“One of the few aspects of the human race that differentiates us from other animals is our ability to show sympathy” As stated by a numerous well-respected philosophers. If you can connect to a person’s emotion, you can place a very strong influence on them. Documentaries employ this method when trying to convey an argument. This is as people are easier to convince when they are emotionally vulnerable. Stacy Peralta’s documentary, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, employs this technique. It does this by using the following methods, making the audience feel guilt, showing graphic images and interviewing certain members of the society that viewers feel sympathetic towards.

Guilt is an emotion that can take over a person’s conscience and distort their perception. The Crips and Bloods: Made in America does this exceptionally well. It illustrates how white people excluded African Americans from society and took away their sense of self worth. We are encouraged to view the white people as ourselves. This method is present through various points in the documentary. One of which is when African Americans were rejected from youth organizations such as the boy scouts, which were predominantly white. This caused African Americans to feel a lack of acceptance and encouraged them creating their own clubs and groups that were originally non-violent. Bird, an African American that tried to join a boy scouts and got rejected, stated that when he joined a gang “It made one feel like they had some status, an identity.” The violence only began when they were restricted to staying in their own neighbour hood and police demonstrated brutality upon them. Another African American, who was rejected from the boy scouts, Kumasi stated, “we never called ourselves a gang, that was the description the city and the police gave us.” This encourages the viewer to feel as though he or she is responsible for their...
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