White allies are important — if we are really allies

I am sickened about what happened to Freddie Gray (and Naeschylus Vinzant, Jessie Hernandez, Jack Jacquez, Tony Robinson, Anthony Hill,  Terrance Moxley, Charly Keundeu Keunang, Terrance Kellom, Hector Morejon, William Chapman II, Walter Scott, Lavall Hall, Eric Harris, Phillip White, Nicholas Thomas, Tanisha Anderson, Rumain Brisbon,Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Kajieme Powell, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Tyree Woodson, Eric Garner, Victor White III, Yvette Smith, McKenzie Cochran, Jordan Baker — all people of […]

Cripface disability simulations are harmful to disabled people

  Endure Hardship Handicapped These are words used by Andrew Ridout, a nondisabled University of Texas student, who used a wheelchair for a few days on his college campus. Ridout engaged in this exercise to gain “awareness” about barriers disabled students face.  However, his exercise, like most pretend-to-have-a-disability exercises fails to provide any actual insight […]

Ferguson

I am deeply disappointed in the way the St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch decided to present the Michael Brown shooting to the grand jury.  New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler was famously quoted  in The Bonfire of the Vanities that a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted. This is […]

Stop killing my people

Earlier this week, Issy Stapleton’s mother was sentenced to prison for child abuse stemming from when she tried to murder Issy, a then 14 year old autistic teen.  The media has been full of apologists who have supported Issy’s mother by claiming the stress of parenting a disabled teen was too difficult and led to […]

Tuskegee and civil liberties

This summer, during out Southern History Road Trip, we visited the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic site.   I am a lover of history.  While I was a history major in college, my emphasis was Latin American history.  I knew basics of World War II history.  I began to learn WWII history in depth while living on […]