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.