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“The Dialectics of Multiple Identities and the Disabled People’s Movement.” Taylor & Francis, www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599926217

The reason I choose to use this article to help support my research is because it illustrates examples of an array of other aspects that many don’t consider to be aligned with disabled people like considering their gender sexuality or background. It’s vital to understand all the branches of oppression that the disabled community is challenged with and to understand that there isn’t a singular face that represents the community. It’s diverse in its challenges that many have to face separately from their disability like inequality or homophobia. It also delves into the fact that rather to consider the disabled community the minority due to its various ranges of experienced oppression it’s in fact the event of the majority who undergo these obstacles and if one were to ignore that fact they’d also ignore that they are separate individuals from their impairment. Which is why I believe that the highlighted importance of regarding other distinctions within the disabled community discussed in this article gives a better understanding of how disregarded the topic really is. 

 

.McGill, Hannah. “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.” Sight & Sound, vol. 30, no. 5, May 2020, p. 67. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=142550383&site=ehost-live 

This movie review is beneficial to my topic because it allows for a different perspective to analyze the documentary “Crip Camp” that I’m basing my topic around. Within the review the writer is able to discuss the intricacies within the film and how it affected its intended audience. Also depicts the nuances that made up such a great work of representation in the media that was long overdue. This allows to have a better understanding and perception of how this film impacted others and how the public shifted its perception into a more supportive sentiment towards the disabled community. This helps support my essay since it allows for the realistic reactions expressed in the review that catapulted the realization that we need to bring more attention to this specific topic. 

Barnes, Colin. “A brief history of discrimination and disabled people” (2014). 

The article shows a different part of the world where disabled individuals are also oppressed and lists out the factors that contribute to the constant misunderstanding of the community in Britain. It breaks down the economic, physiological, and ideology beliefs that were based on trying to justify the mistreatment of these individuals. Because of these issues the social response was to normalize the constant disregard without considering the influence that a incapacitated individual backgrounds also was a major target of how they were treated. This is relevant to my topic since it’s able to give a more detailed explanation for the history of the domino effect that was responsible for such a misconstrued understanding and mistreatment towards disabled individuals. 

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Blog 6

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I decided that my analytical essay will revolve around the 2020 documentary “Crip Camp ” which depicts the transition much of an underrated discussion it was, to me at least. It is crucial that we move away from the previous institutionalized perception of disabled individuals as they were boiled down to a caricature that greatly furthered the oppression of the disabled community. As for my thesis, I want to emphasize the normalization that people with disabilities in a “functioning society” were always seen as an afterthought through the lack of integration. Although times are changing it is always vital that we educate ourselves on the history behind what we are able to accomplish today, but the fight still hasn’t fully ended. I’ll be exploring my statement in my research by finding multiple sources to be the foundation of my thesis and the long path to victory that the disabled community had to face to be finally addressed prompted by a younger generation. 

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Blog 4

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For each speech, President Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” come to terms with the lack of equality and describe the value of freedom within America. Lincoln begins his speech by commemorating those who have lost their lives during the Civil War and begins to speak about the present issues, at the time. Mentioning how the fight for equality goes beyond the battlefield and has become something greater than us. As a final tribute, he adds “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us… that these dead shall not have died in vain.” Signifying that these men died in honor and we must carry these ideas of liberty and equality in our everyday lives. Similarly to Kennedy, he conveys a strong theme of nationalism throughout his speech regarding liberty for all. As he continuously advocated that Americans would be powerful together then separated “ United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do…” Proving to the American citizens to band together as we become less vulnerable to obstacles put against us. Yet, despite these comparisons, it begins to become clear the distinctions of the beliefs of each President. In Lincoln’s speech, he praises America and its blessings that have been given to citizens as an act driven by a higher power giving credit to God for the future betterment of America, “under God, shall have a new birth of freedom… the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Further, illustrating this point by emphasizing God’s weight on the turnout of America. Whilst, Kennedy concluding his speech by stating “let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” Mentioning that change will happen but by our actions rather than depending on a religious factor.

Although both had promised to target the unequal and unjust areas that the United States lacked in, it continues to persists. Ironically, both presidents acknowledged America’s extensive history to achieve its liberty and equality yet struggle to maintain it. Given current issues, there is still police brutality, homelessness, poverty, and discrimination/racism consequently these problems will only continue to persist if the system isn’t dismantled

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The relationship between literature and freedom that the narrative suggests is that they both go hand in hand, It served as a form of escapism to Malcolm from his current situation. While incarcerated he decided to take it upon himself to learn how to read, with all his free time available Malcolm’s curiosity blossomed. He started by learning words individually through the dictionary, he began writing the words down and constantly repeating back to himself until he grasped the meaning completely. Slowly, Malcolm was making progress and once he realized the tool that literature could give him he felt a sense of awakening from all he’s ever known. As Malcolm claims “I knew there in prison that reading had changed my forever the course of my life” as he began to absorb knowledge it was almost as he had been liberated from his years of ignorance as what he learned everyday could be applied to his own life and even guide him as a black man through the obstacles set in place for a black person. Malcolm describes it as “ with every additional book that I read, a little more sensitivity to the deafness…that was affecting the black race in America.” That’s why despite the irony of being locked up in a cell with no connection to the outside world his only glimpse of the real world was literature. It had offered Malcolm all those years of education he had missed out on becoming  a sponge of knowledge because of it, something that couldn’t be taken away from him despite losing his freedom.

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The role that language played in Amy Tan’s life was significant since it wasn’t her best subject growing up she decides to take it up herself and become better at writing which along the way she discovers that maybe her mother’s form of speaking English had affected her too. Because of the contrast from her mothers “limited” English and academic English taught in school showed her that she had learned to code switch between both but at the same time limited her academic performance. As Amy describes growing up her mother’s dialect had shaped everything around her, “that was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things,made sense of the world.” Amy became to become self aware of her own perception of herself and the bias of language. In the beginning Amy gives a t description of the importance that language conveys as she claims “the way it can evoke an emotion, a complex idea…language is the tool of my trade” which helped how to balance between the pro’s and con’s of code switching. Personally, growing up in an immigrant household with the same struggles of language as Amy I wasn’t made conscious of it, until I started school and saw the differences in pronunciation of certain words and the incomplete English sentences my mother would speak in. Many are probably unaware of this language barrier if they’re not exposed to other outlets of learning language. I was made aware of how English is used around me, when I had a business internship was when I first learned what code-switching meant, in order to sound more professional there is a certain English that is spoken. For Instance, when Amy explains how her mother is limited by her “broken” English as banker or even doctors don’t give her the same level of respect as a native English speaker. For example, Amy states the doctors had lost her mother’s CAT scan of a brain tumor and had brushed her off encouraging her to make another appointment and showed no sympathy but as soon as “her daughter, me, who spoke in perfect English– lo and behold…apologies for my suffering my mother had gone through for a most regrettable mistake.” Goes to show the lengths of being deemed of more importance simple because of the way language is spoken. I wish more people knew that simply because of someone’s “limited” English doesn’t mean it’s a limit to a person’s ideas they’re trying to send across, they’re just as rich as the next person’s thoughts they just need to be served with the same kind of respect.

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Introductions-Blog 1

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Hello, my name is Laura and my intended major is International Business and Marketing my preferred pronouns are she/her. What I’m most excited about is how much this course promises to teach by the end of it. Becoming a better writer is crucial since it can help you immensely by making your point, some that the syllabus included were, “support a well-reasoned argument”, “read analytically and critically”, along with the engagement with my peers and growing my social network is something to look forward to. What I am nervous about is the element of a full asynchronous course, usually I’m a visual learner rather than reading off instructions but hopefully I’ll adapt. The qualities of good writing include being focused on the task at hand, being coherent and clear in the message you’re trying to send across and overall know your target audience. Like everything, writing becomes a skill that is best when constantly practiced it becomes almost muscle memory to continue to do well. Through constant reading and expanding your knowledge is what makes perfect writing. This becomes an important skill because it’s used constantly whether you’re composing an email, or your resume, professionalism shines through your writing. The easiest part of writing for me is when it’s a free write where I’m in control, I feel like I do best with creative freedom. The hardest for me would be an argumentative essay since sometimes finding the evidence becomes difficult as I second guess which point would benefit the claim the most, I need to work on persuading an audience. The genres I’ll be expected to write in is probably professional since it deals with a business field, mainly emails or spreadsheets for the rest of my coworkers. An effective writer can affect career opportunities because it can be a skill that’s required in many intended majors and overall to show off your expertise in advocating through writing, which can open up a lot of doors because of this skill.

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