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NEED HELP( Its a speech) ----> Evaluate The Speaker Ben Affleck: In Congo last year, I visited a home for orphaned street kids who were terribly mangled and disfigured by polio. This is the twenty-fir
NEED HELP( Its a speech) ----> Evaluate The Speaker
Ben Affleck: In Congo last year, I visited a home for orphaned street kids who were terribly mangled and disfigured by polio.
This is the twenty-first century, and Eastern Congo is medically a medieval throwback to a time when the most pernicious diseases ran roughshod over humanity, and most medical institutions, NGOs, and foundations are not breaking down the doors to the Kivus to get in there and make it better.
Who is breaking down the door? Who has been inside doing the hard, unglamorous work in terrible conditions is the International Medical Corps. And I've seen where they are living and I can tell you, they are not doing it for the money.
You will hear the voices of critics who will tell you, "Americans don't care about Africa. Africans are too different from us to elicit real empathy. It's too far away. We're a self-absorbed country that just wants to eat fast food and watch reality television, and in a down economy, no one's going to give money to those who are suffering because people feel like they have less for themselves than they used to."
Those voices are convincing, but sophistry always is.
At the turn of the last century, King Leopold's murderous colony in Congo was in the process of claiming ten million lives, all under the auspices of a humanitarian mission called the Congo Free State.
The first man to report these terrible abuses, to make them public was George Washington Williams, a minister, a veteran, a politician, and an American, a man who used the term "crimes against humanity" long before Nuremberg.
Huge numbers of Americans joined groups, sent money, and agitated on behalf of the Congolese. And due to enormous pressure, King Leopold was forced to sell his state and finally end his brutal regime.
This movement was begun by an American and fueled by Americans, who did care about Africa, at a time when the Ku Klux Klan was in its ascendancy, when they weren't able to see televised images of suffering, and when real wealth in the United States was far, far below what it is today.
Americans have a proud legacy of this work. The International Medical Corps has a history of carrying it out on the ground where few others would dare to go.
You are here continuing both efforts tonight. I ask you to take pride in our shared history of service, activism, and philanthropy. I urge you to see that it continues tonight and I thank you.
1) What is the speaker’s viewpoint? What is his claim?
2)What reasons does the speaker provide to support his viewpoint or claim?
3)What evidence does the speaker provide to support his reasons?
4)What counterclaims does the speaker address, and how does he respond to them?
5)What examples of fallacious reasoning, distorted or weak evidence, and exaggerated language occur in the speech?
6)Write a 1 paragraph evaluation of the speaker’s argument. Discuss whether the speaker used valid reasoning and sufficient evidence to support his viewpoint.