In society today, there are many different facets of our everyday lives that are predisposed by popular demand or the dominant feel of our community. We are faced with these influences without even identifying them as forms of persuasion, so we allow ourselves to be coerced by various propaganda. One of the determinants in todays’ day and age of what is popular is typically those who are more affluent and wealthy. When you are a person of a higher social status, society has a primal disposition to want to act similarly to you, in hopes that they’d be viewed in a positive manner. An example on a much bigger scale of how money can be a tactic of influence is recently, the Supreme Court had eliminated the limit on how much corporations can contribute to political action committees during campaigns, which gives them free reign to endorse any candidate, covertly hoping this candidate would act favorably towards them. This is very hegemonic in nature in that more affluent individuals/bodies set the “trends” for people who admire them in a coercive manner. Once coercion occurs, norms are set which leads to the overall consent of the general public to accept certain ideologies or things as being more favored, such as trends or political figures.
The meaning behind the word “disability” has transformed quite heavily between today and the mid-1900s. During that time period, there were a very vast set of characteristics you could possess in order to be considered a disabled person, such as being of a different race or even gender. In the book “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History”, Douglas Baynton recollects the many different cases of discrimination which lead to improper classifying of disabilities in recent history.
One of these classifications was through a person having “mental defects”; homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness for a long period of time in society. However, in a span of a few years, the United States has managed to make huge steps in social equality by deeming that all same-sex marriages should be legal. America has made relatively large amounts of progress throughout the last century alone, with the Civil Rights movement giving different races the same amount of freedoms as whites, the Women’s Suffrage movements which gave women more equality in the public, and now we are seeing more acceptance of the gay community. We are slowly seeing our “melting pot” widening with each moment. What will be the next societal group that will be part of the trail of acceptance for America?