The Aids Epidemic Ran Rampant Through America

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In the election year of 1992, the AIDS epidemic ran rampant through America, despite attempts to curb its effects. Not only was America as a country unwilling to step up to help an already stigmatized population, but finding ways to deal with the rapid spread became more of an accessory to political agendas than a necessity to save lives. The Republican party, which holds on to religiously-influenced ideals, was not eager to offer support to a group which Christianity condemns, so did very little to rectify the epidemic. On top of inaction, many did not want to help gay people; homosexuality was still widely unaccepted in society, and the addition of AIDS to the LGBT community did nothing to endear their situation to the general public.…show more content…
She begins her speech by saying, “ I would never have asked to be HIV positive, but I believe that in all things there is a purpose; and I stand before you and the nation gladly” (Fisher 1), letting the audience know that she is using her experiences as a sufferer of AIDS to come forwards and speak plainly on the truth of the disease; she took her infection not as a setback, but as motivation to come forward and give a silenced community a voice. She even says that her contraction of AIDS came with more than just a lifetime of struggles; underlying the medical problems lays a “purpose” (Fisher 1)—one which Fisher believes to be activism against the continuation of the spread of AIDS, giving her the identity of a “messenger” (Fisher 3), and, in extension, credibility. Fisher needed this credibility, as her criticism was a “sharp rebuke of her party’s negligence” in the face of the suffering of a group they did not care for, and they may not have listened if they thought she spoke lightly or without reason (Shaw 1). Fisher also challenges the belief that the grief HIV and AIDS leave in their wake generally lies outside the realm of the worries of those who are part of the majority groups largely unaffected by the disease. She tells the Convention that, though they may never have expected to see a heterosexual, married woman speak freely of her diagnosis with
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