A Whisper of AIDS
In Mary Fisher’s A Whisper of AIDS speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, she highlights one of the more grave challenges the world has been facing, and that is the comeback on HIV and the AIDS virus. Fisher’s speech addresses her own account with the virus as well as the mindset and understanding of this virus on a national as well as a global scale. Fisher highlights the conspiracy theories on this virus as well, and urges her audience to take into account that this disease can affect anyone; there is no preference as to who can contract HIV/AIDS.
On this note, being that HIV/AIDS has no specific type of individual on whom to attack, the issue surrounding this speech is the fact that a lot of individuals are cognizant as to how serious of a matter AIDS really is, and have been negligent to talk about it. A lot of individuals have put a wall of mendacity around their minds that limits the virus to everyone but their selves. The issue is also the stereotypical mindset of most persons towards those who have contracted HIV and/or the AIDS virus. Fisher highlights this issue in the 6th paragraph of her speech: “We may take refuge in our stereotypes, but…HIV asks only one thing…Are you human?” This is to say that stereotyping someone with HIV is to stereotype one’s self because both individuals fall under the category of human beings. Most individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions in order to refrain one’s self from contracting the disease, and this goes hand in hand with the mindset that it can never be one’s self that is affected. One can support this notion by referring to paragraph 12 of this speech, in which, the author states: “…If you believe you are safe, you are at risk.” In other words the author is saying if one knows that he or she is at risk, he or she makes it a prerogative to be cautious in order to remain safe. Fisher’s prerogative in this address is to highlight the extent to which the AIDS virus...
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