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An Unspoken Message of Fear:An Analysis of Carolyn Forche’s Poem, “TheColonel” by Trudy A. Martinez
Articles presenting psychological conjectures and theory appear in the Los Angeles Times over the years implying that the American society may be at fault for the deterioration of certain segments of the population. In addition, some publicity centered on the unnecessary beating of a black man appears to relate and substantiate the psychologist findings. Since the highly publicize beating, a connecting bond of black law enforcement officers came forward to complain and present possible testimony of their unjust treatment within the police department. The black officers say symbolism such as the “KKK” and white supremacy groups use serve as important determinants, leaving them with an unspoken message of fear from retaliation.
A similar unspoken message of fear is symbolized in the Carolyn Forche’s poem, “The Colonel”. The symbols…
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