How To Tell People They Sound Racist (via illdoc1)
In this video, Jay Smooth explains how to talk to someone about a racist remark or action. While he can be really funny, I think his goal in creating this video is serious and totally related to rhetoric and all the stuff we do in class. Jay analyzes the most effective way to reach an audience. The choice between telling someone “you’re a racist” and “what you did was racist” is the choice between having your audience shut down and refuse to listen to you and having the possibility of an open debate (how was that racist? who does it hurt? why are you offended? and so on).
I think he’s reaching out to a younger (maybe 17 to 35ish) audience. By including a subtle beat behind his explanation, he gives his talk a musical feeling that younger watchers probably respond to. I love how he uses the pauses in the background music. Just like we can do in our writing, he draws special attention to certain phrases by removing any other distractions.
What he was talking about is a good tip on how to confront situations where you think someone is being racist. Honestly, I didn’t pay as much attention to what he was saying like I did to the way he was saying it. I really liked the way he presented this video. When he spoke, it felt like he was reciting a poem by the way the words flowed together. Also, the few breaks he took between fragments felt similar to the way a poet at open mic would do their spoken word. It makes me wonder if he has experience in spoken word.