Style of language

The article “Why Do We Hate Immigrants?” by Kevin Powell is written in a formal style. For example, Powell uses advanced words, like “unheralded” (l. 5), “torn asunder” (l. 12), “bigotry” (l. 44), and “reactionary” (l. 60). The choice of words shows that the text targets educated adults who understand America’s history. 

The formal style of the article is also illustrated by the complex sentence structure. Powell often uses lengthy sentences to illustrate his ideas, like in the following example:

Because, tragically, as we black folks know so well, every single time we seem to take a step forward, there are mean-spirited and reactionary forces that will take us back over and over again, to the hate and fear and division and violence that has been with us from the very begin...

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