Perfect Union United
“A More Perfect Union” is a speech given by Barack Obama on March 18, 2008. He was responding to the controversial remarks made by his former pastor. Obama addressed racial tensions and inequality in the United States throughout his speech. His purpose was to unite the audience together and receive the votes he needed to become the President of the United States. Obama conveys this purpose by using ethos which gets the audience attention. The audience he is most speaking to in his speech is the white community. Since Obama states story about them throughout his speech it makes him understand his audience. Barack Obama’s speech is mainly for Anti-American community. In one part of his speech he addresses that “We will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American”(6). With this he is speaking towards the white community and Americans. He is explaining that if America doesn’t put it behind; Then America would never look at what’s better for the world and since the community is mainly surround by whites’ than his audience must be towards them. Obama states how white communities struggle in life and have…”anger exists within segments of the white community, most working-and middle-class white Americans don’t feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race”(8). He also admits that this is a fact; Therefore many white communities aren’t as respected. Obama is stating that the white communities are seen as racist. He also states that the whites’ have one experience, which is the “immigrant experience”. He adopts this to show that he understand them. The audience isn’t only for the white community and for that reason being, he states about African-American community in his speech. He states the African-American community to embrace “the burdens of our past without being victims of our past” (9). Obama applies this by stating that the black...
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