Oppression of people. An example of may

Oppression
can be defined as the cruel or unjust treatment of a group of people. An
example of may include ableism, the unfair treatment of people because they
have a disability. Discrimination against those who are disabled physically,
mentally, or emotionally occurs worldwide and happens on three different
types/levels, individual, institutional, and cultural, each of which are
equally discriminatory. Society views these individuals as inferior. A
well-known example of ableism is the Holocaust. Not only did Hitler order a
Genocide against the Jewish, but also against those who were not considered to
be normal in society, people with disabilities. Ableism exceeds beyond the lack
of courtesy towards those who are disabled, but goes deeper into the assumption
of abled-bodied people being more prominent than anyone living with a disorder.
Promotion of poverty in the disabled community, the refusal to hire people
based on their disability, and laws being limited and not providing maximum
protection for those with disabilities are considered ableism at its finest.

The
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that it is unlawful to
discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.
Unfortunately, the refusal to hire individuals based on their disability still
takes place today. On television and in movies, we often see people with
disabilities as ‘token characters’ meaning, “intentional or not, a company may
hire one and only one member of a minority to their team to prevent a
discrimination lawsuit,” (Farlex Finical Dictionary). In this case, the
‘minority’ would be a person who is disabled. Often, companies cast abled
bodied actors to play a disabled characters role because, according to Brad
Falchuk, “It is extremely hard to find people who could actually sing, really
act, and have that charisma you need on TV,” (The Washington Post). This statement is excessively contradictive,
directors must recognize that there are great actors with disabilities, they
only need to be given a chance. Surprisingly, only five percent of television
characters with a disability are performed by a person with a disability. This
is considered Ableism.

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Another
form of Ableism is the promotion of poverty in the disabled community. In the
article, Can employers actually pay disabled Americans below the minimum
wage? the author, Taylor Leighton states, “Under section 14(c) of the FLSA,
employers are able to pay a wage below the federal minimum wage to workers
whose work is affected by a mental or physical disability.” She later states,
“This means that some disabled workers can make significantly less than the
minimum wage, in some cases even less than a dollar per hour,” (Leighton). This
shows evidence of Ableism because those who are effected by a disability are
earning less money than an abled-bodied person with the same skills. Some
people with disabilities rely on supplemental income which can affect their
income from the job they are employed at, although often they must choose
between a good paying job or Medicaid coverage.

The
law doesn’t always provide the disabled community with maximum protection. For
example, if a parent murders their disabled child, they are acquitted. Emily
Willingham writes, “…so in the public mind, an alleged overwhelmed mother with
‘no supports’ should certainly be pitied and not judged harshly for killing the
‘monster’ (the monster being autism).” The mother of an autistic child got away
with murder due to the disability her child had. Another example may include
people with intellectual disabilities being sexually assaulted because they may
not understand or know how to tell someone who is trusted. They may be aware of
the assault but not know that its illegal. Other times, when the assault is
reported, they may not be considered reliable due to the disability. This is
ableism.

Inconclusion,
Ableism is the discrimination of those who have disabilities. The disabled
community are often turned away from jobs. Lack of job availability will move
people who are disabled into a lower finical stability. The law is limited and
doesn’t provide maximum protection for those with disabilities. Although
ableism can be described in numerous other ways, the ideas expressed touched
many details of it.