Denise Lifter Duncan
Hum 115 D1
September 25, 2014
Bias and Background
My beliefs (prejudices) have had quite a responsibility over the years regarding the decisions I make on a daily basis. I believe we acquire belief systems through our experiences to guide us through this thing called life. I also trust these beliefs systems need to be evaluated and updated as we move forward.
A true eye opener over the years has been the evolution of how I have learned to respond to people that just do not seem to understand autistic behavior. Sadly, and gladly, their ignorance has reminded me of my own inadequacy and bias. Personal choice of movies on the other hand require a good fear bias, prejudice, and judgment to meet the needs of the attending audience. It is every bit as important to apply good basic principles in this decision making process.
When I was a child, I remember the emphasis my Father placed on good behavior in public. One time he said the words “If they cannot control their kids any better than that, they shouldn’t bring them out” and I felt scared and afraid. As a teenager, a class used to go to an institution which housed people with mental and/or physical handicaps. Donnie and Freddie were clients at this facility and they stole my heart with their Love.
As the years went on after the father/child outburst in public, I remember that when people acted in ways I did not comprehend, I just didn’t know what to think or do. My heart seem to say there was way more to the situation than was evident. After meeting people like Donnie and Freddie, I was reassured that some of the outbursts I had witnessed came through people that had frustration in their communication attempts that were much more complicated than just not being able to find the right words to say.
Today, I realize we all act according to what we know. When someone sees an autistic outburst it may truly frighten them and this may even invite anger as a form of protection. It is...