22 Jun Ableism
Estimated reading time 2 and a half minutes
A few weeks ago I posted a gorgeous pic of Ariel, from a photo shoot we did, on Instagram. I did my usual hash tagging, and amongst it were Down syndrome tags. I was horrified to get this comment from a stranger, a few hours after posting
“kids with Down syndrome look retarded and should be killed at birth”
I deleted it straight away. Clearly this person has issues. They found me by searching the hashtag Down syndrome. WFT?? I am not going to hashtag Down syndrome on Ariels photos anymore. I felt sick reading that comment.
Ableism is in favour of able-bodied people. Ableism is discrimination agains people with different abilities. It is discrimination like sexism and racism. I know there are a lot of bigots out there and quite frankly I have no time for them. But, Im raising this issue because I know a lot of people are not aware of it. It is easy to use slang words like retarded, simpleton, and spastic in a derogatory way without thinking much of it. I was guilty of it in the past, but once I knew it hurt people I chose to use other words instead. Like the swear words arse hole, bastard and of course the C word ;).
I have pulled people up on the R word before and mostly Im left feeling bad about it. People seem to want to defend their right to use it. It’s not my place to tell others what to do, but for those of you who use it (and don’t realise that it hurts others who have a diffability), then I’m sure you would want to know. I can’t really say anything more because the video says it all. Please take the time to watch. Thank you.