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ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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Prompt #8
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kayleythomas wrote in uf_enc1101
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This is another YouTube video someone put together, this time exploring racism in Disney. Consider the video in terms of the argument it makes. What is the central argument? How is it supported? Is the video persuasive? Could it have done anything differently to be more successful? Consider both the content of the argument and the actual style and set-up of the video.

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The central argument of this video is the racism in Disney characters. The author is very organize in his argument since he numbers every single of the movies he is going to discuss from the least bad to the worst example of racism. He starts with Aladdin’s theme song that which had to be change because it accused the Middle East of being cruel and inhuman. Also, explains how African-Americans are negatively portrait in many these movies such as, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, the Jungle Book, Fantasia, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Thursday from Mickey Mouse. For example, when Sebastian sings Under the Sea both the soul player and the small black fish, which have black features, agree with his idea because they don’t have to work under the sea. Also, In Dumbo the uneducated Jim Crow is the leader of the jive-talking crows. Yes, his name is Jim Crow just like the segregation laws enacted between 1876 and 1965, which imposed “separate but equal” public facilities for whites and black. When the movie Song of the South had it premiere in 1946 in Atlanta James Baskett the author that played Remus was not allow to attend because he was black. According to our author the worst example of racism In Disney is in Thursday from Mickey Mouse were Mickey basically says that black people is dumb and whites are superior. This video is persuasive but I would have shown some scenes from the movies to make his point stronger and some of these movies weren’t very popular or never release to home DVD. Also some of his slides have too much information for only three seconds the author should have given more time for some of them.

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