This blog examines the intersection of rhetoric race and religion in society. We believe that these subjects are intricately woven within our society and produce a tapestry of discourse that leads people to respond and perform certain symbolic actions that are already deeply embedded in our culture. We understand that both race and religion are rhetorical constructions. For example, a rhetorical examination of race would offer opportunities for examining how race acts as modes of both identification and division. Additionally, a rhetorical study of religion would not necessarily limit itself to “God-talk” but will extend to all areas in which religious rhetoric leads to symbolic action, even when religion explicitly is absent. Therefore, by examining both race and religion though a rhetorical lens, we can not only see how they intersect, but also further our studies of history, meaning, politics, society, and of course language itself.
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