Clash of civilization’s

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2021-05
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Wyche, Chaz J.
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Parcell, Lisa
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This study explores the dynamic nature of Black life as it is lived in social death. Dwelling specifically on the (im)possibility of progress and reform for black people via the Breathe Act proposed by the Black Lives Matter movement. The Breathe Act is evaluated using a discourse analysis centered around Afropessimism. Afro-pessimist theory curated by Frank B. Wilderson, identifies the Black body as a socially dead slave, under the constant siege of gratuitous violence. This thesis ultimately serves to intervene in the communication centered around police reform to suggest that the Breathe Act is designed to sustained Black Death by extension of civil society.

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Thesis (M.A.)-- Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Elliot School of Communication
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