On Monday September 15, Doctor Phil will be interviewing Kelli Stapleton, who attempted to murder her Autistic daughter.
When the media reports on cases of violence and abuse against Disabled individuals, we MUST hold them accountable to telling these stories with respect to the actual victims of these crimes. Our lives matter!
When a Disabled person is the victim of a violent crime, we must not allow the media to talk about “lack of services”, or the “burden” of what it is like to care for us. This is the rhetoric of fear, of hate, and victim blaming. That is unacceptable.
We will watch carefully and take our concerns to Twitter.
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With regard to the notorious Kanye West events this weekend. Also note that I took out an ableist slur in the headline and am baffled as to why a disability organization would use a slur like that.
Of course, the experience of disability in an ableist world affects us in all kinds of ways. But it’s grotesque to use it in this case to justify domestic violence.
The worst part of institutions is not physical violence, obvious forms of abuse or neglect. It’s not even the experiences you don’t get to have. It’s the damage that is done right down to your soul, by living under the power of other human beings. Glamour makes no difference. Prettiness makes no difference. Size makes no difference. Even length of time makes less difference past a certain point than you’d think.
Until you understand that damage — what it is, what it means, where it comes from — you will never get rid of institutions. You have to understand it on a very intimate level or you will reproduce it without knowing what you’re doing.
We also believe – like Dr. Roberts – that we have been passed the baton. The Supreme Court in its Olmstead Decision affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting. Sadly across the country – and here in Arkansas – that isn’t the reality for many people with disabilities who either are forced into institutions or go without needed services and supports to lead an integrated life.
ADAPT is here in Little Rock to fight for those who have not been given the opportunity to fight for themselves. We will honor the Little Rock Nine and all of those who have struggled before us as we fight for freedom, equality, and justice. And we urge others to join the struggle and, in the words of Gloria Ray Karlmark, “Dare to object to prejudice and injustice.”
What they are really saying is:
1. ‘Black people have it hard, because
2. Society is racist. But,
3. I personally do not have the courage to do anything about it. So,
4. We should not make any more black people. After all,
5. It’s for their own good.’
This isn’t just racism, or fascism, as the author suggests. It’s eugenics. People are different, society excludes them, the solution is to have less of the people who are different.
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Ok, I’ve already noticed a problem with this theme: links aren’t underlined. The theme is “Spire.” Can someone help me figure out how to edit the theme so links are underlined?