Tariq Nasheed: Author, Film Producer, And Director Using His Work To Persuade Minds To Be Different

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Tariq Nasheed is a controversial author, documentary film producer and director. He can be quoted speaking on an array of issues that vary from race and intimate relations to politics. He produced the documentary film Hidden Colors in 2011, and the follow-up Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin came after in 2012. In the follow up, Nasheed aims to inform his audience of the importance and injustices due to the melanin levels contained in Africans and African Americans with the help of fellow scholars, authors, and public speakers. According to every speaker in the first chapter of the film, melanin is an essential piece of the human and is in everything; it is quite evident that Africans and their descendants have a greater amount of melanin in their systems than other races. Through logos and pathos Nasheed attempts to connect with his audience, inform them on this “misunderstood” topic, and advocate for change. He builds his credibility and establishes it in the film, for those who might not know of him, by referencing the people he has encountered on his trips around the world in places that you would not expect to see them.
Tariq Nasheed’s use of the rhetorical strategy pathos begins by him saying that there is a war going on against “melanated” people and “we” are being attacked educationally, industrially, economically, imprisoned, and culturally. He goes on to say that Africans are underrepresented and misrepresented in media and blacks are convinced that where they are from is not beautiful. “There’s good and bad in everything, but the problem with this society is that they only want to show you the bad.” (Booker T. Coleman in the film) Nasheed’s use of pathos would be effective because he is offering an explanation for why blacks act the way they do and see things as they do, their minds are corrupted by what the media has set forth about their homeland and history. However Nasheed’s efforts fail when someone watching it would observe that he contradicts himself through his rhetorical reasoning because he is also corrupting the mind of an audience member through biased information and media.
A sense of speakers trying to establish an emotional connection/common ground with the audience is noticed when they all use the words “we”, “us”, and speak as if the audience is all in the same with them. It is safe to assume that Nasheed was trying to reach not only a specific race, but also gender. The misogynist, homophobic nature of the film is a latent one, yet a very clear one when you begin to think of the film’s call to action. Tariq Nasheed does not mention women of the black community, and only has one female speaker throughout the entire film. She, Michelle Alexander, speaks on the prison industrial complex and...

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