Through his diction in the speech, it is not hard to tell that this man did not come up short on his IQ test. Stokely is obviously very intelligent and means business. Phrases like "intellectual masturbation" and "insidious subterfuge", and words like "disfranchisement" and "facilitate" leaves the reader, without any question as to whether he got a higher education. His choice of words and phrases allows him to illustriously state his purpose and use it to empower students who are learning that same vocabulary.
Carmichael's syntax throughout the speech is varied. He uses a lot of examples and put in a lot of knowledge that only people who were living in that time would better understand even if researched was accomplished. So the structure of the sentences are tailored so. A good majority of hismore powerful sentences are shorter. "No man can give anyone their freedom," and "We were fighting against white supremacy," are two examples.
Stokely used what the television told them that morning or that month to drive his purpose. The students know about that governor that authorized or turned a blind eye to the lynching that occurred years before or just that last weekend. They were there to witness the assassination of King right on their televisions. Stokely used that to describe how relevant the message was and how desperately they needed to hear it.
All the emotions
The fear of never seeing your family again. What jail was like. The persecution. All of it on top of each other could make anyone cry. All of this is what. Most students experienced at least 66 percent of these feelings; which is enough for Carmichael to work with. "Every time I tried to go in, they never let me." (Paragraph 13, Carmichael) Carmichael used his own experiences that students could relate to in order to drive his purpose. In the experience cited previously
College life, college mind
Stokely was a very educated man so it wasn't a surprise to me when I found the heavy truths in his speech. "The only ones who were able to stay alive were the ones who never admitted that they committed crimes against people-- that is, the ones who rationalized that Jews were not human beings and deserved to be killed, or that they were only following orders." (Paragraph 4, Carmichael) (The outcome of the Nazis in prison.). This makes perfect sense. He's used logic and sensible phrases to draw a relativity from himself to the students listening. Then the students would listen more carefully and more clearly as if there was a test on it at the end of the week
Kimball and Roger. "The 1960s" 1972. Print.