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argument3-final - Anthony Bonanni Professor Schild English...

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Anthony Bonanni Bonanni - 1 Professor Schild English 0802 05 October 2010 Argument of the Cause of Oppression Oppression has happened numerous times throughout history, and there is a big debate on why it is even able to happen. There are many viewpoints on this issue, that all claim to be the real motivation for oppression. One of the main ones is that people oppress because they are power hungry and that it is only possible with the help of other big forces such as a government. It is said that these big groups are necessary because they have the power of being able to oppress many people. Susanne Kappeler is a supporter of this view, saying that oppression is really all about power, and not about dehumanizing the oppressed. Another main viewpoint is that the biggest cause of oppression comes from looking at others as inhuman. These people do not think it is important to have a government or a military behind you. To them, the main cause of oppression is the belief of making an “I-thou” relationship into an “I-it” relationship. This means that the oppressors are dehumanizing these people in order to oppress them. Martin Luther King Jr. was a supporter of this philosophy, and he says, “Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority, and the segregated a false sense of inferiority” (477). Oppression and segregation are only possible with some kind of power in charge. No matter what the motive is, a powerful organization is the only thing that can possibly achieve such oppressive behaviors.
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Bonanni - 2 Susanne Kappeler and many other people believed that it was necessary to have an organization to oppress others. These organizations could be any large group of people that had some form of power. The power that these organizations have allows them to be able to oppress and segregate people as they please. She says that “The aim is not to dismantle power, the aim is
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