Being Disabled+ Presidential Election Results 


I needed time to process the events from the past couple of weeks before I made this post. When I heard the results of the presidential election I was terrified. 

I’m a disabled, Afro-Latina, bisexual, woman. This election really changes my life. 

I specifically want to talk about the disabled community. I want to talk about how we have to stick together. We have to continue to teach people about ableism and keep trying to end ableism. I have a story I want to share with you all.

Earlier this year I wrote a post on Facebook about how the movie Me Before You was not good for the disabled community and honestly just insulting. With the post I linked an article from Buzzfeed to it that explained why the disabled community felt so strongly about the movie. 

A young woman shared my post and in hashtags called me and others who are disabled activists “fake activists” and then went on to insult us and worst of all, her reasoning behind it was that the movie was “entertaining” for her and the issue of ableism wasn’t relevant to her. 

I know it may be scary but we have to stand up for ourselves. So I did, I stood up for all of us because for one thing you can’t share someone’s post, insult them and not expect them to defend their cause. 

As you can imagine she was rude and didn’t want to learn more about why the disabled community felt so strongly about the movie. Instead she said some not so nice things about me and blocked me. 
I shared this story with you all because I want you to know that we are not fake activists. People who are disabled are being abused, discriminated against, assaulted, attacked, and treated with no respect daily in this country. We have to be strong and continue fighting for our rights. 

We are humans and we deserve to be treated as such. We are not here to be mocked, laughed, and stared at. We have feelings, we have needs and even with these election results we will continue to work hard to ensure that the disabled community will be respected and heard.

I love you guys and I hope this post gives you a bit of hope. Be strong, be kind.

Love,

Shalida

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