Last week I was grocery shopping and the checkout guy was a wheelchair-user. The lady in front of me got in line without noticing that. Once she did notice she started fuming about how she did not need this.... etc, etc, etc...
I offered to let her out of the line, but she said "NO, why should I change???"
I didn't say another word. This gal was a volatile mess... and I had a stomach ache (wimp, I know... I admit a fear of bullies.)
When she got up to the line she was quite rude to the kid, but my entire plan was to say supportive stuff to him when it was my turn...
Until she blamed him for not keeping track of her charge card (really loudly) and then she found it in her purse...
Then I said--pretty loudly myself-- "So, that was YOUR mistake then??"
She did not answer, after she left the kid thanked me, and so did the folks behind me in line... but I knew I should have said something so much earlier.
Ableism is a belief that the able-bodied are superior to those with disabilities. It is shocking how many people believe this--and how many act on it.
People like to believe they are superior?? They tell themselves people with disabilities are taking something away from them?? People like feeling powerful over other people??
All of the above???
I give up... I don't know what it is.
It is ugly and it is dangerous.
How do you think this study makes me feel? How does it make you feel?
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.