A single word stole William from his self-absorbed people watching - “Hello.” William turned. The breath was immediately drained from his lungs by a pair of intense, deep-set hazel eyes. William reflexively pulled his head back and blinked twice, physically shaken by the force as every paradigm for physical beauty was instantly shattered. He gently closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose in an effort to calm his manically churning thoughts. When his gaze resettled on the woman, vertigo scrambled his senses; an intense cognitive dissonance flooded his stream of conscience. He shook his head slightly, trying desperately to conjure words through the jumble of thoughts. The entire stretch of the English language seemed foreign. His executive function raced on overdrive, trying in vain to …show more content…
They have played on the sympathies and good nature of Americans, convincing a majority that refusal to sacrifice at the alter of big government is at minimum selfish, and at worst, treason. For two generations, these forces of oppression have duped Americans into believing that their devotion to America is devotion to the system of bureaucracy that now controls every aspect of our lives. But we are equally as brilliant and cunning as they are. We see through the deception, and we have a plan that will lead America out of the wilderness - a great awakening at hand. You will help ignite the tinder and fan the flames of independence, a fire that will soon burn brightly across this nation.” Edward paused dramatically. As if on cue, the fire popped and crackled, flames leapt in the hearth and flickered brilliantly, the crystal droplets in the chandelier burned with a brilliant orange hue that hovered over the crowd. William turned and looked at Tabitha. She stared up at Edward with a mesmerized expression, completely transfixed by his speech. “Who is he?” William asked. “Shhh,” Tabitha said. “Just
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Power, privilege, and oppression is a rather controversial matter to talk about it in today’s society. It happens everywhere, but people always like to ignore it. Power is the ability to control or influence somebody. Privilege is when a group has trait or advantage over another group, denying others because of who they are. Oppression is rejection or treating others unfairly.
Iris Marion Young identifies that the five forms of structural oppression are called the “five faces of oppression” which include: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and systemic violence. According to Young in Five Faces of Oppression, she states “the presence of even one of these five conditions is sufficient for calling a group oppressed” (Young p.335). These different faces of oppression are not oppressed to the same extent or manner, which is why there are five separate faces. The term oppression “involves limitations on freedom, targets entire groups (not just individuals), is systematic in nature, and part of a system that simultaneously privileges” (Oppression, Slide #15) One of the five faces of oppression,
Charlie Guin Perrine English 9 IB 4 22 February 2023 Guin 1 Bree Newsome’s article titled “When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty”. In the article Newsome talks about, anger boiling over, history, and issues with the police force. In the article, Newsome uses figurative language and rhetorical devices to help her argument.
Ignorance is encountered in many forms from inside and outside of black race. I've found that the best way to overcome it is not with indignant outrage, but with careful and sincere redirection. On a basic human level, nobody wants to be told that they are wrong; however, if you are skilled at addressing the thought, rather than the person, you are capable of creating a lasting impression and teaching moment that will last generations. One of my best friends is white (cliché of the decade) and we have a plethora of conversations on race relations. Now, I've found that he's much more sensitive to bouts of racial insensitivity than I am, and he's ALOT more inclined to confront people about it!
Privilege is a word thrown around by many individuals, wither they are talking about key issues or laughing at such an idea that we would have something such as privilege in America. I have heard numerus people in my family exclaim that there is no such thing because they, too, a white, middle class American, have faced hardship. Though it seems that if you have face hardship and destitute you have no privilege, which is simply not the situation. Privilege impacts every individual differently, and even I, someone in a minority group, have many privileges over my brothers and sisters who are a part of the same oppressed group. Why does this all matter though?
Ignorance is relevant by people asking what are you, assuming things about your culture, and segregating others. Race in America is a boiling pot of anger, and stereotypes. People tend to assume negative things about other cultures. Finding myself in a segregated ethnic group is a nightmare. Ever since I was little, I have been seen as just an Indian that does not know any better.
To prosper in a just and moral way, America must stand united. Thoreau demonstrates the accountability between the two parties: “The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted” (Thoreau, 1849/1998, p. 127). The people who compose a nation must not be complacent and inactive. Inactivity prevents progress.
In detailing the events that led up to her change in perspective, she made note of the honeysuckle that covered the walls of the well-house, the warm sunshine that accompanied going outdoors, and the cool stream of water that she felt as she placed her hand under the spout. These details kept the reader with her in the moment as she felt something less simple, but still universal; the returning of a, “ misty consciousness as of something forgotten.” In using rich diction, she maintained a sense of intimacy with the reader which allowed her to call on personal details from her own life and theirs. Later in the passage, she described how, once the reality of language was opened to her, and she returned to the house, “every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life.” She had gone through a complete shift of perspective, one that, to her, was felt entirely through senses other than sight or sound.
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie!
“Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed - no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull” (Orwell, 25). This depiction of absolute oppression by George Orwell in his novel 1984 is his idea of the future in a totalitarian dystopian world where there is no freedom, fairness and everyone is completely brainwashed. Similarly, the government in Terry Gilliams movie Brazil control and monitor their citizens, oppressing them to the point they are afraid to have a disloyal thought about their government, reminiscent of thought crime.
For my midterm paper I decided to look further into a topic I discovered while researching for a previous rabbit hole, the Idea that over time Congress may be losing power to the other branches of the federal government. I contacted my study group via email telling them my idea and asking for their input. In my original email I explained that it appears to me that the other two branches of the federal government of government are absorbing power previously held by the legislative branch alone. The war powers act of 1973, and the increased use of executive orders are prime examples of this ignominy.
A Reader's Reaction to Spencer's Article on Power, Privilege, and Oppression Michael S. Spencer's wrote a very powerful article titled "A Social Worker's Reflections on Poverty, Privilege, and Oppression." In this essay, the reader will attempt to identify Spencer's main thesis, share reactions and reflections evoked, and discuss how these reactions might affect any future practice. Spencer's Main Thesis According to Spencer, every single individual, no matter their race, profession, the color of their skin, level of education, culture, status, economic reality, address, gender, sense of fashion, sexual identity, beliefs they adhere to, physical appearance, religion, likes and dislikes, spiritual inclination, physical and cognitive capabilities,
The American culture has provided an increasingly fertile ground for the development of victimization. The cruelest form of victimization is the one people inflict upon themselves. Once people start dwelling on the unfortunate circumstances in their life, rather than choosing to face their adversities, they becoming victims of their own thinking. Seeing themselves as victims are another way of saying, I give up, or I am not responsible; “it's not my fault'' ((Moore, 2007). America has become a society of victims, because people believe they have been prevented from achieving.
In history, the colonial era of racism and ethnic discrimination has been a major concern and a controversial issue in the United States. During the time on industrial growth in the U.S. corporations and manufacturers relied heavily on cheap labor, so many people from Asia began to immigrate to the country in hopes of finding jobs. But as the number of Asian American immigrants started to increase, so did the discrimination and racism towards them. Actually, they were divided into three identities, first generation Asians who traveled to United States, the second are those who were born in America, and the third late generation whose identity is neither fully Asian nor fully American. The discrimination that many Asian Americans had faced often