Recognizing and saving black lives, recognizing and saving palestinian lives: The power of transnational rhetorics in locating the commonality of liberation struggles

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Abstract

This chapter examines why comparisons between the Black Lives Matter movement and the various international efforts to liberate Palestinians from Israeli occupation are apt and consistent with rhetoric and composition’s focus on transnational and intersectional rhetorics. Both efforts represent attempts to find commonalities in the struggles of oppressed peoples seeking to transcend colonialism, white supremacy, and the oppression of people of color in specific contexts. The slow convergence between Black liberation in the United States and Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation and enclosure seems to come from a felt necessity, a recognition that both movements are working against political forces rooted in racism and neo-colonialism. By simply proclaiming that “Black Lives Matter” one works against the discursive and materially constructed reality that Black lives have historically not mattered in the United States. Black identity extremists then are to be vigilantly guarded against because of the potential threat they pose to state authority and those who represent that authority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActivism and Rhetoric
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Contexts for Political Engagement
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages78-88
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351385411
ISBN (Print)9781138501706
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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