How I Work With What I Have
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How I Work With What I Have

I made this video to promote my eBook, and without thinking about it referenced a song called Numbers Game by Thievery Corporation I hadn't listened to in a while. I forgot most of the lyrics and just remembered it's a Numbers Game and then the sax riff after when I was making the video. Well, unfortunately after publishing this video and sharing every where I realized how ableist I am to reference this song. I finally went back and paid attention to the lyrics. It says "Don't be Blind" over and over again. I hate that. Fuck that. Blind people have more vision than any person I've met that could ever "see." Leaving this up to show my own ableism, examples of ableism in modern mainstream society, and why we should discourage this. When we as a society normalize the dehumanization of people based on ability in our vernacular, we allow for the legal basis for taking away human rights. The law is nothing more than the words we as a society agree to conform by, which is why the law does not equate to morality. The people who write the laws are the ones oppressing the people impacted. Let's keep in mind how our words matter and how we impact each other as a community. When you tell people that discrimination doesn't matter (even if it's cause you just don't like that person), you are individually contributing to systemic issues that harm our entire society by perpetuating disparity through a lack of intersectionality. If you have not experienced something it is not a coping mechanism, it is a defense mechanism when you joke about it. Remember that. You can't cope with an experience you haven't had. But you can defend your actions in regards to it. So don't be defensive about your ableism. And it's okay if you're learning to cope with ableism. As a member of the Deaf/Blind Community myself, I still am. Anything I can do you can do better! Read my eBook for more information at noladeafchild.com/ebook2021!

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Edited by Alexis Larinda Carney