Audism, Oppression, Respect

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Audism, Oppression, Respect

This assignment is on audism, oppression, and the respect that should come with. Most importantly respect. Which unfortunately my class period did not have for the substitute. Already I know what we did wrong. But, I feel it is important for us to learn our lesson and have this consequence. No, this is not a bad punishment, rather it is good. It will help not only me, but all of my classmates and all of those who read this essay to know how important it is to never let anyone have the feeling of any kind of oppression. To start off, audism, what is it? Audism is when one believes they are greater because of their ability to hear. Believing that life is miserable for those who have limited/no ability to hear.
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Webster’s Dictionary defines oppression as, “The exercise of authority or power in a cruel or unjust manner”. Many people think oppression does not apply to them. On the other hand, others deal with oppression daily. Black people have dealt with oppression for decades. But this oppression does not just involve black people. It can involve multiple different groups varying from race, language, religion, etc. One of these groups of multiple people experiencing oppression are deaf. It is difficult enough to communicate with others. But it becomes even more difficult in traumatic and stressful situations. Lydia L Callis states, “Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights”. Those that are deaf are not asking for any special treatment. Simply asking to be treated equally like everyone else. People should never ever suffer because of a simple communication barrier. Unfortunately, it happens every single day in a deaf individual 's life. People think less of them because they hear the way they sound, or they see a cochlear implant. But, in reality, they are just like everyone …show more content…
My class was whispering or talking almost the entire time. No matter the reason, it is never acceptable. Assuming that she can not hear us does not give us a ‘green light’ to talk. It does not mean that we have more power over her. NO. She can still see us talking. She is not in any way stupid. She is most likely a lot more smarter and educated than we are. She should have all power over us. Did we give her any power over us in a respectful way? I am ashamed to say, we did not. What should have happened is our voices should have been turned off immediately as we stepped into classroom 1402. Our hands should have done the only talking for the entire period. We should have given her the respect she deserved as a teacher, and as a normal person. She should have had all of our attention. We should have had no power over her. But, that is not what

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