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Los Angeles riot in 1992

. . . We didn't know they were there" (Rimer 80). That comment seems intended to reflect the ignorance of the public more generally, while the comment from the A.M.E. minister in paragraph 5 argues that the majority of inner-city youth are just as motivated as kids anywhere are.

The comments that close paragraph 5 cite the riot's effect on businesses, hence job prospects, in the inner city. That is an example of pathos, since the devastation of the community and its people strikes an emotional chord.

Both ethos and pathos appear in paragraph 8, in which the principal explains, "I have a lot of Olivia's [sic]." Rimer describes the 200-plus college-bound students attending the inner-city public school. The serious character of so many of the students resonates with ethos, and that fact in turn raises the emotional confidence in the environment and people who are the subjects of the story. That entire beat of ethos is recapitulated in paragraph 9, which cites the gang stereotype, along with gang statistics, vis--vis the invisible young people of South-Central "like Olivia Miles" (Rimer 80).

Beginning in paragraph 10, Rimer employs ethos with details about college-bound Olivia is as normal as other American teenagers--embedded in pop culture and set to go to college with her high-achieving boyfriend. Pathos comes into play with a description of the fearful physical danger and social stigma that shape normal South-Central residents' experience. Patho


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