Sped Reflection Assignment Essay

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Mostert Reflection – 10 points

Answer each question fully.

1. What conditions were instrumental in facilitating the evolution of the German society’s acceptance of the murder of innocent people? Be specific.

The first World War’s impact on economic conditions in Germany fueled attitudinal changes in German people on their perception of people with disabilities held in state institutions. The idea that people with disabilities, especially the “incurable” as they were deemed were unable to provide assistance in Germany’s economic recovery. Another condition that facilitated the acceptance of the killing of innocent disabled people in Germany was the fact that people with disabilities were seen more in public through outpatient
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Laws were made no less than 6 months after Hitler came to power including judges and physicians legally making decisions on who should be sterilized and no longer allowed to reproduce. Nazi propaganda soon took over the German peoples’ psyche as a whole, and people with disabilities were viewed as unequal, crimal, in a lower economic class, different, and even criminal who were not worthy of life.

3. Has anything like this taken place to any degree in the United States? Can this happen again in this country? Is there any reason for us to be concerned about the ability of our government to make life and death decisions that affect those individuals in our society who are more vulnerable or different than we may be?

To a degree the way that this country was settled can draw parallels with what happened in the 1920s and 1930s in Germany. We invaded and took over lands that were already inhabited by indigenous peoples, then forced them out, treated them as unequal human beings, and tried to kill them. It may not has leaned as heavily on the scientific and political communities to agree with the idea of genocide, but the settlers all agreed on doing just that to the Native Americans in North America. Once an established country, slavery in the 1800s and into the 1900s, and civil rights and inequalities and racial prejudice in America also has mirrored
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