We saw this post at ‘Planet of the Blind’ and wanted to share it.
“…Over time the mere act of talking about the conditions of marginalization becomes a secondary form of abjection… No sensible person would advocate avoiding the use of civil rights language, whether we’re talking about women’s rights or Latina rights or African-American rights, or children’s rights. Yet it seems to me that I am increasingly uncomfortable as a representative of “the disabled community” or “the blind community”—not because I would eschew these political realities, but because the insistence that these are my subjects prevents me from being publicly a more reflective or complex person. I have a sensibility that’s different from what you might suppose… I am not a blind person when I listen to the opera or swim in the Baltic…My feeling is that we must go beyond identification based on race or disability or ethnic origin or gender or sexual orientation for only in so doing can we rebuild a progressive and thoughtful means of public engagement in our nation…”
I can’t be more agreed with it. One thing that I’m particularly interested in is the way we might accomplish this. How do we advocate for disability rights while at the same time not being a person whose identity is just “Mr./Mrs. Disability”? How do we change something without talking about it?
The only answer I have is to initiate change by example, or as Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”….
Source: Planet of the Blind, author Stephen Kuusisto