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If you do not want disability used against your group, start thinking about what you’re doing to reinforce ableism in your own speech. If you do not want people of color to be called feeble-minded, or women to be called weak, or LGBT people to be called freaks, or fat people to be called diseased or working-class people to be called stupid — all of which are commonly used disability slurs — then the solution isn’t to try to distance yourself from us and say, No! We are not disabled like you! The solution is to make common cause with us and say, There is nothing wrong with being disabled, and we are proud to stand with you.
Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language (via disabilityhistory)

dilemmagoldman:

221boners:

policebox05:

deathtasteslikechicken:

abs-gabs:

SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT

So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time?  Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.

BLESS THIS POST

also filed under: reasons high schools copy homework and cheat

also the number of hours doing homework depends on if you have a learning disability/hard time focusing/etc.

princesspunxxx:

what does it mean to fight misogyny & femmephobia as a person with disabilities when the party line is “femme/femininity isn’t frail/weak” but yr body sometimes is?  are fragility & weakness so inherently bad that they need to be recast & reclaimed as strengths instead of being recognized as an inevitable part of being alive/our experiences?  do i always have to be strong/what are we investing in strength/why are we investing so much in strength?  

Yeah, I wonder about this one.
It gets really confusing sometimes to try to be legit respectful with as many people as possible, all at once.

the dopest ethiopienne: Pro-tip: white privilege doesn't mean white people have perfect lives.

asoftbonegrey:

It means that white people do not have to deal with institutionalized, systemic racism in addition to their everyday problems. It means institutionalized, systemic racism does not causewhite people’s everyday problems.

It means when white people go home and turn on their TVs after a long, hard day at work, they can rest assured knowing that they will not only be guaranteed to see people who look like them on the screen, but they will never have to actively search to find a positive depiction of people who look like them.
It means even when white people buy their groceries with food stamps, they don’t have to worry that they’ll be followed around the supermarket for “no reason.”

You think you have no white privilege because you’re poor? Think again. You think your white privilege disappears because you’re not a cisgendered heterosexual? Think again. You think your white privilege disappears because you’re disabled? Think again.

It means that all problems white people face are not exclusive to white people. People of color face those same problems, too. But in addition to any problem white people face, people of color must also bear the burden of dealing with an entire social, cultural, political, economic climate that works against us each and every single day.

And here’s the thing about the effect of racism on PoC’s everyday lives: it’s not like adding one more little thing. This isn’t simple math. Racism isn’t just a “minus 1” on our radar. It informs, guides, and shapes the way every other problem is handled.
Think about it. When white people are pulled over by the cops, their biggest fear is jail time. When black people are pulled over by the cops, our biggest fear is that they’ll kill us and we won’t even get 30 seconds on the 5:00 news. 

(Source: ethiopienne)

thelandbeforegrime:

ELEVEN DOLLARS

On January 14, 2013, a young man with Down Syndrome went with his companion to see Zero Dark Thirty at the Regal Cinema in Frederick, MD. At the end of the movie, apparently because he wanted to see it again, he refused to get out of his seat. A Regal employee, rather than allowing him to stay and dealing with the situation later with his parents and the companion, called not one, not two, but three off duty Frederick County police officers who were working security for the theater at the time.

According to published reports, when the officers/ security guards asked him to leave, he mouthed off at them and “resisted arrest”. Those of you who know my son Landon can visualize what this would look like. In response, the officers wrestled him to the ground where he asphyxiated in handcuffs. The handcuffs were removed and EMS called and according to the police news release he later died at hospital. I don’t know how that reconciles with the coroner’s finding of asphyxiation which I thought was pretty immediate.

The price of a ticket at the cinema is between $9 and $11. The additional cost to Regal of allowing him to watch the movie again was ZERO. But instead a beloved young man died on the floor of a movie theater in his neighborhood at the hands of people he was taught would protect him.

The police officers remain on duty and were allowed to invoke their rights as police officers not to provide statements even though they were not on duty or performing official duties at the time. They were security guards in police uniforms.

The county police are investigating and the story has received local news coverage. Please share this everywhere both to ensure justice but also to raise public awareness.

ELEVEN DOLLARS

Where is our humanity when a young, obviously disabled young man dies for the price of a movie ticket. My son is worth a lot more to me and society than eleven dollars.

 

full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/autopsy-finds-that-md-man-with-down-syndrome-died-of-asphyxia-while-in-police-custody/2013/02/15/4d752304-77ab-11e2-b102-948929030e64_story.html

 

fuck the fucking police, seriously

I wish that everyone, not just police(but definitely police) were taught about cognitive differences and non-violent conflict resolution. This kind of thing happens too often, and I don’t think it would happen nearly so much if this kind of information was a requisite subject throughout the educational system.

Today in lecture hall, a student offered, “lock all of the crazy people up,” as a solution to preventing mentally ill people from obtaining guns. Oh.

I do, on occasion, lose my mind. That’s my catch-22. My perfect pitch will always be contrast by my crazy. You know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The first man I ever kissed was a schizophrenic. He wasn’t dangerous, and neither was I.

I wanted to ask that person in lecture hall, “Darling, what is ‘crazy’?”

Is crazy how you drive to work while texting?
Is crazy the look in a wife beater’s eyes?
Is crazy the stammer in the quiet boy’s speech?
Is there a particular pattern to crazy that we might follow?

Why do people draw a parallel between insanity and violence?
I’ve only known one mentally ill person whom the orderlies suspected had a propensity towards violence. Again, he was just misunderstood.

I have never seen a correlation between insanity and violence. I’ve been in two mental institutions. Never have I seen people more scared of their own shadows, or of their own voices. Never have I seen people more scared, beaten, and abused than I’ve seen there. They scream from the pain in their heads, and they’re promptly shoved up against the wall, or held down against a bed and sedated.

I’ll tell you what crazy is: crazy is personal suffering that society doesn’t understand.

C; How Do You Take Your Coffee? (series)

(Source: memoirsofc)

The clearest example is the repeated use of the word “tolerate.” Students would write that we must not persecute homosexuals, prostitutes, mental patients, and others, that we must be “tolerant” of them. But one tolerates only those that one considers less than equal, morally inferior, and weak; those equal to oneself, one accepts and respects; one does not merely allow them to exist, one does not “tolerate” them.

“Sociology of Deviancy” - Liazos (via br3nnando0o)

Fuck tolerance. I want more. I want to be embraced as I am. And I don’t want it to be a big fucking “gimme cookies, I accept you!” thing. It should just be the way it is.

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Why I hate the word “tolerance”.

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acceptance > tolerance. always.

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*psychiatric patients

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Fuck the Disabled: candybutthole: cripple-fabulous: sofarfromshameless: dyke-recovery:...

candybutthole:

cripple-fabulous:

sofarfromshameless:

dyke-recovery:

supermodelrevealed:

Put this on repeat until infinity.

cripple-fabulous:

[Image: A picture of a severely burned woman. Text reads: ‘Not everyone who gets hit by a drunk driver dies. Don’t drink and drive.’ In the corner there is a picture of a young woman before her accident.]

I just found this little gem on my town’s police department webpage. This is so blatantly ableist and pitying it almost makes me sick. The creator of the poster is quite obviously suggesting that since this woman is severely burned and disabled, that she is living with a fate worse than death. They get away with it too, because most people agree with it. 

This poster shows what most able-bodied people think of those with disabilities- we are less than human. Our lives are terrible and not worth living because we are disabled and don’t always live the same way as they do. 

Ableism is just as real as any other sort of discrimination, but many people have no idea what it really is.

I think i saw this woman’s story on television years and years ago. She was/is actually in a lot of pain almost all of the time due to the extent of her injuries. From what i remember of her story and injuries, i think her life was worse than death.

This isn’t about being ableist. Jes above me is right. She lives every day in pain, going through countless surgeries and skin grafts so that she can attempt to live a life without pain. This is a mother fucking anti-drunk driving add. They’re not saying she’s less that human, they’re not saying her disability is bad. They’re saying that because of a drunk diver a perfectly healthy young woman was tranformed into a woman that lives in pain every day. Yes, she has a disability. But, her disability is the result of the careless asshole that could have killed her. But, no… He didn’t kill her. He took away so many other things from her without actually killing her. This isn’t saying that her life isn’t worth living at all. What it’s saying is that this woman was hurt, injured, changed against her will, and she had no control over it because some asshole thought he could handle driving under the influence.

Ableism is a huge problem. But, I don’t really think that the message of this poster is that her disability is bad. No, it’s about the fact that someone changed her life with their stupidity.

It honestly doesn’t matter if you think this is ableist or not. Don’t go telling me that this shouldn’t be offensive to me, a disabled person. It is offensive. I’m sick of people telling me I’m being oversensitive. 

And why do you agree with the person above? Saying her life is worse than death because of her disability and pain is pretty damn ableist to me and exactly the point I’m making.

I am disabled and in pain every day of my life, pain that will never ever go away. I have scars that deform me, that are whole chunks of flesh missing. Are these people saying that the life I live is worse than death?

Wow okay how about they go eat a fucking bag of dicks.

As a person who was made disabled and disfigured as a result of a careless asshole, I would like to tell the asshats above to promptly swallow my shoe.

Or maybe they could just swallow the whole foot, I’m not using it anyway.

Can’t feel my foot and am in constant pain? Must be a fate worse than death. I guess I should just drop dead for your convenience?

If you are not disabled, you can’t possibly dictate what is or is not offensive to disabled people, and simply expect me to tolerate your ignorant bullshit.

How dare you apply your misconceptions to determine what kinds of lives are worth living.

How dare you, in a society where disabled people have been offered euthanasia instead of treatment; in a society that venerates independence and “normal” or “perfect” bodies—despite these being unattainable and futile ideas; in a society where the perspective of disabled people is vilified and silenced, perpetuate assumptions that disability is unbearable or a fate worth than death.

How dare you imply that I would be better off now if I had switched places with the person sitting an arms-length away.

You disrespectful shits.

I hope you choke on your own bigoted words.

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