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In your readings, you’ve been asked to think about tyranny. As you recall, tyranny can mean acts of cruelty, oppression, coerciveness, and violence. Social environments and norms can be cruel, oppressive and coercive because they can constrain us or hold us down.
The writer Audre Lorde asks: “What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”
Lorde suggests an alternative to either suffering silently to fit in—she encourages listeners and readers to speak out and use language and action to change the social conditions of our lives.
In a well-constructed essay, identify the most pervasive type of tyranny in our society today and propose a change that may improve the lives of those who endure it.
For each of your THREE body paragraphs, use the experiences of the authors you read in this unit, hypothetical situations, or personal experiences to identify the issues plaguing our country and the damage that these issues create in our society. In addition, reflect on potential solutions that you believe will rectify what the tyranny is. Be sure to clearly state how your proposal will resolve the issue at hand.
What, if any, greater good will this have on humanity generally? In what ways does addressing one injustice impact the overall human experience?
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