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Essay #2 Analysis of A Whisper of AIDS

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Analysis of A Whisper of AIDS speech On August 19, 1992, during the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas, Mary Fisher, a 44 year old HIV positive mother of two kids and a rich Republican, delivered a moving speech to bring awareness to the American public about the stigma and danger of HIV and AIDS in the 90’s. In 1992, millions of Americans were infected, and many of these people were ashamed to publicly speak up for themselves. Fisher knew that in order to change federal policies and reverse the stigma of HIV/AIDS we need to coalesce as a nation. Mary Fisher’s speech is informative, passionate and brave; her speech calls on the Republican Party to act and understand that HIV/AIDS is a present danger that does not…show more content…
Even prior to 1992, President Ronald Reagan would not talk about HIV/AIDS at the beginning of the epidemic, as stated by Jeffrey Schmalz, from the New York Times, “The epidemic was more than five years old before President Ronald Reagan uttered the "A" word publicly. The wrath of God, the right wing said. All those homosexuals and blacks and drug abusers.” (Scmalz 1992). In addition, Fisher stated in her opening, “Less than three months ago, at the platform hearings in Salt Lake City, I asked the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence which has been draped over the issue of HIV/AIDS. I have come tonight to bring our silence to an end” (Fisher 1992). Cleary she and her audience understood how the Republican Party treated and dealt with the HIV/AIDS crisis in America during that time. She was a brave Republican woman who stood up and brought forth the idea that HIV/AIDS can affect their own community and that the issue can no longer be ignored. Here you had a straight white woman; a mother with kids and a husband explain to the audience that HIV/AIDS can affect anyone. Fisher used ethos in applying her knowledge of HIV/AIDS as an activist and a person who votes Republican to appeal to the Republican Party. Fisher’s speech was very moving and captivated the audience. She used personal stories and factual evidence to make the audience aware that HIV/AIDS
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