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This essay evaluates the rhetorical devices present in Rachel Cobb’s, "At the Black Lives Matter Protests in NYC: A Photo Essay," which shows images taken during several protests in the initial wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. It shows us the diversity of those involved in supporting the fight for the rights of others. I choose to explore this further through the lens of Cobb and use several scholars to acknowledge the role that the photographer has in shaping our perception and understanding. Finally, I try to connect to larger social discourses concerning race and the access to equitable services, which would not have been possible without the intervention of brave protesters that are shown in the photographs.



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