English Sample Paper on Rhetoric-in-Practice

Rhetoric-in-practice is a form of writing that involves the use of heuristics to motivate a particular set of audience for a specified period. It is also described as the purposive production of effects through language and symbols. Charles argues that rhetoric is best suited when the writer or speaker intends to persuade the audience (158). Rhetoric in practice aims at evoking certain emotions through a critical analysis that may employ humor, symbolism, critiquing, and other possible means of persuasion. In such a type of a paper, the genre is very important as it represents the branch of critical theory that the paper will address.
The genre I chose for this paper is an informative essay that reflects on the police brutality that is racially discriminative. In the United States of America today, the U.S Bureau of Justice Statistics infer that an African-American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime. According to the New York Times, Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but according to the crime statistics for the past two years, it seems that only black people were breaking the law (Apuzzo n.p). In this city, black arrests accounted for 95% and at least two killings of unarmed civilians by the police (Heath n.p). The paper addresses both government and the American people in order to take a step towards curbing police brutality.
“If Only Robots Had Color”
“I love Captain America; he should be the president of the world.” Those were words from a ten-year old kid that I thought were just “kids things”, but they now appear to be interesting to me. Police officers are mandated with ensuring security among the people. This paper looks at current killings on civilians by the police through the robots perspectives. Police services have existed as hills since the age of civilization. Robots, aliens, and other super natural beings have been manifested to humans through an array of platforms, such as comic books, films, theoretical stories, and even through human creations. From these platforms, we usually see the robots knowledge flow like a stream based on their actions. They are seen as lifeless beings or objects that manage to perform human duties. They have socio-cultural characteristics as they can integrate with each other, operate machinery, and some point communicates with one another. In the robotic community as expressed through films and other platforms, there are bad robots that engage in criminal activities and other morally unacceptable behaviors.
However, there are good robots who work tirelessly to eradicate these behaviors. For example, in the comic book “Spider Man” the super natural being acts as the town’s night watch and works tirelessly to fight crime without expecting a pay in return.One thing that is evident, when it comes to eradicating crime; robots do not choose or discriminate as long as the affected robot committed a crime. There comes the most intriguing part of robots when compared to human beings who consider themselves as the most intelligent animals in the planet or even in the entire universe. If robots are intelligent enough to police their fellow robots without segregation, then why is it so challenging to humans? It is a disturbing fact that at this day and era of post-modernization, people are still reflecting the abandoned acts that occurred during the slavery period.
Police have been mandated with a very noble responsibility, which involves apprehending criminals and ensuring they are rehabilitated to change their behaviors. In some instances, they are allowed to shoot at criminals who are armed and may hurt civilians or the police. I want to ask the authorities what is the big deal with following these simple instructions? Consequently, police have been unable to follow these simple instructions, which robots follow diligently. For instance, robots have been used to operate machines and even control traffic in some countries such as Japan. The IT department personnel keys in the instructions the robot should follow and it abides by them for a lifetime without missing a thing. I want to play the iron king and highlights some issues affecting the police sector in relation to reckless killings.
When robots are controlling the traffic, all cars are equal on the road whether it is a Bugatti or a second-hand Toyota from Japan. They all have to wait for the Robot to signal them to move. Robots have also been used to serve tea in hotels as a trial project to minimize the demanding manual jobs in the future. Although the project has not been given a go ahead, they managed to serve people effectively. Unlike robots, human beings rush to serve people who look affluent in the society, who they share similar skin color, speak the same language and they look down on the ones who seem to be struggling. Funny enough, humans are guided by a well construed document that is known as a Constitution that houses all the laws governing the people. Despite the presence of these laws, there is no order in the human world as compared to the robotic community.
Therefore, putting a person’s life to an end without a genuine reason is wrong and should be discouraged with all possible means. Being a police officer does not guarantee an individual to become a murderer by taking the law into his or her own hands. The incidences that are going round the news specifically in Ferguson are disturbing. It is very unfortunate for an individual to die just because he or she has different skin color from the others. The law is very clear about how the authorities should go about apprehending a person. Shooting should be the last thing on their mind as long as the suspect co-operates.
From the recent killings shown in the media, the victims were willing to cooperate by the police went ahead to fire bullets taking out an individual’s life. As if that was not enough, another student was beaten to death by the same people who should be protecting him. Therefore, it is the high time we should ask ourselves; should we hire robots as our police? Personally, I think robots would do a better job based on the fact that they are controlling traffic and serving tea in some countries. Actually, they are very hospitable and they are not prone to fatigue. They do not even recognize a person’s color as they render their services equally without discrimination. When they are fed with instructions, they follow them to the latter without going astray. I think they would make perfect law enforcers because they will not bend the law. They will not shoot an innocent person just because they come from a certain background. They will not favor the upper-class people in the society just because they drive posh cars and leave in cozy suburbs. Robots will be very fair and follow the rules and regulations.
However, one problem will arise when we institutionalize robots to be our police or law enforcers. Who will make the law that they will be following because it is clear enough that humans will not make laws knowing that they will be followed strictly?Those who make the laws expect some favors and protection by those who enforce the law (Charles 124). It is a “man-eat-man” societybecause law enforcers are answerable to the legislators. It is impossible to go against your boss, but robots will hear none of this.The legislators will refuse to draft better laws if we use robots as our police and we will not achieve our set objectives. Therefore, rather than pushing for robotic police, it is better to insist on better laws and ensuring that they are enforced.
The killings that are being committed by the law enforcers are gradually raising and there is a reason to raise an eyebrow. It is the highest time that people should recognize this vice and rise in unison to say that enough is enough. This problem can only be countered from the top-level officials down to the law enforcers. Congress should put their heads together and recognize that innocent people are losing their lives through the people tasked with their security. The public is losing trust with their police persons and the government should act in haste. Congress should draft a law that makes it illegal for a policeman to commit an unjustifiable death. Congress comprises of knowledgeable persons who the ability to put this menace to a halt. They should realize that the people need an urgent action and they are not expecting help from aliens or robots. A law that protects the public and that ensures those who enforce the law abide to it will be instrumental in curbing the vice.
The public should not relent from asking what they rightfully deserve as security is a right that is documented in the constitution. Segregation against skin color was dealt away with decades ago as it inhibits growth, development, social justice, and it is against human rights (Smith 290). The police killings witnessed at Ferguson are detrimental and unless Congress acts they will take the country back to the dark days. “A long journey starts with a single step”, this implies that the vice will start with one case and later spread to a larger area. It is important to take precaution at the initial stages before the problem becomes uncontrollable.
For the peasant citizen who is experiencing the situation first hand, he or she knows the real pain that these occurrences bring. They can only turn to the government that they putted in place and pay taxes for it to run. At this moment, they can only wish that robots could come to salvage them. Supernatural beingsthat will wipe out all the corrupt and unjust members of the police force who take innocent people’s lives.Before that heroic moment comes, it is important to apply the laws that are already in place to protect the civilians. People should not overlook their rights in the expense of their lives. They should be ready to mount pressure on their leaders to accord them their rightly deserved services.
It is quite clear that there are numerous challenges facing the police officers especially while on duty. One of them is that it is difficult to distinguish between a criminal and an innocent person just from the look. Criminals do not dress in certain attire that the police will recognize them just by their look, but they just appear like any other person (Smith 278). With this consideration in mind, the police officers should rely on well-researched information to identify the lawbreakers. Similarly, critiques will argue that the killings that are happening may be a mere coincidence that the victims share the same skin color. As much as this may be a coincidence, it would be unfair not to talk about the issue because the “purported coincidences”may result inmayhem. Police are also human beings who should protect themselves against criminals and they should not take chances. No life is worth more than the other is, but at the same time, they have undergone training on how they should treat a suspect without firing a shot.
Smith states that the issue of policing has been politicized leaving the officers at a quagmire of whether to follow their leaders or uphold to their duties (276). It is common knowledge that defying the bosses will lead to firing or bad publicity. As much as we are pressurizing on the security authorities, it is important to understand that this problem is hierarchical. It runs from the top-most level management down to the poor police officers. There are robots that stay in confined rooms to operate the rest of their generation without unmasking their faces. They let the subordinates to do the dirty work for them; hence, they will not be uncovered as the masterminds. Politics is an enemy to the progress of various departments and areas that require development.
I want to draw the attention of the congressmen that they should not suppress the police or the public. They should enact laws that seek to address the affliction that the public is going through to avoid unnecessary killings. Security is an integral social factor and it should be accorded to each person in spite of their language, color, political or religion affiliation, education level, and sex among other factors. If this does not happen, probably we should elect “Captain America” as the president of the world.

Annotated bibliography
Bawarshi, Anis and Mary Jo Reif. Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. Colorado: Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse, 2010. p. 29
Bawarshi asserts that there is a rich relationship among a range of interdisciplinary perspectives from rhetorical theory, applied linguistics, sociology, and literary theory. One of the profound issues in the book is that all these form of literal works are classified in a particular genre. Therefore, it is important to understand the form of genre that the writer aims at employing before beginning the piece of work.
Charles, U Larson. Persuasion Reception and Responsibility, Twelfth Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012.
In this book, the author states that humans have a responsibility they play towards ensuring an effective correlation. Charles gives an example with smoking a cigarette in public may irritate them, but it is the smoker’s responsibility to avoid such a behavior. There are responsibilities that the society persuades us to do and they may face ethical challenges. For example, police have a responsibility to keep people safe and the community should persuade them to take up to their tasks.
Smith, David J. “New challenges to police legitimacy.” Transformations of policing (2007): 273-306.
Smith states that police are experiencing new challenges that were not a problem in the previous centuries. There are upcoming ways that criminals are using to disguise themselves and look like normal civilians. Similarly, issues such as cyber-attacks are proving to be more challenging for police. Smith also acknowledges that the issue of police has been politicized affecting their efficiency. This is the main reason that they may commit a crime due to pressure from politics.

Works Cited
Apuzzo, Matt. Ferguson Police Routinely Violate Rights of Blacks, Justice Dept. Finds. The New York Times. 3 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 Aug 2015
Bawarshi, Anis and Mary Jo Reif. Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. Colorado: Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse, 2010. p. 29
Charles, U Larson. Persuasion Reception and Responsibility, Twelfth Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012.
Heath, Brad. Racial Gap in U.S Aresst Rates: Staggering Disparity. USA Today. 19. Nov. 2014. Web. 21 August 2015
Smith, David J. “New challenges to police legitimacy.” Transformations of policing (2007): 273-306.