This is so, so important. If you have ever questioned whether that neighbor who doesn’t work and “lives off the government” or given someone out in public a dirty look because you doubt they have a real disability, do yourself and everyone you encounter a favor and give this a watch.
See also: You can’t see every disability
The above response is perfect.
*edited to add* The author is David Gerrold.
As a writer, I appreciate grammar and spelling. As a human being, I recognize that some people don’t speak or write with “perfect English” does not disqualify them from earning a living wage. Perhaps I am able to see this because I was raised by my Grandpa who had to drop out of school in the 6th grade to help support his Mom and 6 younger siblings after his father died or because I have step-children who were raised in another country and speak English as a second language (they also speak Chinese and step-daughter also speaks French,Flemish, and Dutch but this doesn’t matter at all to employers and assholes of the general population who only hear an accent and “broken” English) or because I have a child with a learning disability . But I’m a firm believer in the idea that we don’t need personal experiences to help us empathize or acknowledge obstacles others face. So, get it together people. Use of language as you might deem ideal is not a reason for someone to struggle.
This does not only apply to the assholes like in the meme who are probably Republican fans of the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps!” myth. Liberals/Democrats will mock those w/ other political ideals openly for their lack of academically acceptable grammar. They call them hillbillies and call them stupid, ignoring lack of education or cultural differences. This has always been interesting to me since education is a thing that Liberals/Democrats seem to really love but they can’t recognize that what they’re mocking may be a symptom of what they supposedly champion for?
That’s all bad but worse is that White Liberals most definitely exclude the voices of poor and marginalized people who do not present as articulate and well spoken. When looking for a voice or face to use as a representation of the living wage cause, they most definitely choose to boost those who are “mainstream friendly”. Trust me, I know. I’m an educated, White lady who is constantly used as an example of “good people who are poor through no fault of their own”. It’s offensive as hell. Knock it off. There are women in my exact predicament and far worse who deserve to be recognized and heard, no matter what language or dialect or speech patterns they use.
Some notable reads from around the web today…
The Challenges of Finding Employment as a 52-Year-Old Transgender Woman – Finding employment when you’re over 50 is really difficult but then add in being a transgender woman, it’s damned near impossible. Sometimes I wonder if the reason I get upset by the near daily articles I see about trans people facing job discrimination is because I know transgender people and they’re a part of my life? Not enough people seem to be that concerned about the discrimination that places trans people at a huge risk for being in poverty. This woman’s story isn’t unique and that makes it even more heartbreaking.
“Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure.” theguardian.com/society/2014/a…
Unless it’s a poor kid, no one really cares about poor people. And then even then, it’s that lazy,irresponsible parent’s fault that the kid is poor. Poor is segmented into poor ,innocent babies and lazy slackers.
Global poverty, stigma, and the spread of disease socialjusticesolutions.org/2014/04/24/glo… –
“Blaming cultural practices or poverty-linked practices of living, such as the potential link between poor rural regions consuming bush meat which could be contaminated by the virus, stigmatizes those stricken by this rare virus or by curable illnesses such as malaria, or diarrhea. Even though it is often inappropriate and counterproductive to blame culture or practices of different populations, poverty and socioeconomically oppressive structures propel the spread of disease.
It is poverty that further stigmatizes those who have been infected with a virus that is largely misunderstood by rural communities and scientists alike. It is poverty that causes overcrowded health care clinics that are unable to maintain a standard of sanitation due to a lack of funds which allows for the spread of disease. It is poverty that stigmatizes culture to be part of the source of their suffering. Fighting poverty and fighting disease are inextricably mixed, and neither one should operate in an isolated silo.”