WRTGs17Optional City Of Rhetoric: Analysis Introduction


In the introduction to “The City of Rhetoric,” David Fleming provides examples designed to challenge readers on their definition of human discourse and how we communicate with one another. Specifically, Fleming argued the different lifestyles of African Americans living in Cabrini Green neighborhood of northside Chicago compared to middle-class whites living in close proximity to these neighborhoods. As the author himself, puts it, “The favored suburbs turned out to be largely closed to economic and racial integration, and Chicago blacks do not seem to want to move to such places anyway.” Although some people may believe that economic and racial integration is a problem of the past, Flemming insists that it is still a lingering issue that affects millions of minorities across the Nation.

I agree that economic and racial integration is a major issue without many positive solutions. In my view, the type of rhetoric the author recommended is both useful and imperative in the discussion of social integration. For instance, in each chapter, Flemming offers solutions to solve the problem of social oppression and political marginalization among the African American inner city. Some may object to this solution on the grounds that these methods have been proven insufficient and without positive outcomes. Yet, I argue that these methods should be implemented in order to give African American youth a voice and a chance to advocate for themselves and their own city. Overall I believe in the importance of individuals “charting their own destiny” and realizing that they have complete control over their living environment. Once we as a society understand where others come from and accept our differences, we can better live as a social group.

Optional City Of Rhetoric: Analysis Preface

In the preface to “City of Rhetoric,” David Fleming provides an analysis of the relationship of public discourse and the built environment of the United States. The built environment is the space that each individual lives in and identifies with, our built environment also impacts the way we interact with individuals and respond to them if they are a part of our built environment or outsiders to their environment. this also affects the way they communicate with one another. Specifically, Fleming argues that this built space makes up our neighborhoods and metropolitan areas and affects our day to day operations and also those we communicate with. As the author themselves puts it “I argue that the growing spatial stratification of our physical landscape— the decentralization, fragmentation, and polarization of our local geography— is both cause and effect of our increasingly impoverished political relations with one another.” Although some people believe that it may not be our local geography location that affects our discourse, Fleming insists that those who we communicate with and our built environment affects our daily lifestyles and shapes our identities.