Creating room for disability in the discussions of equity: microaggressions

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Microaggressions can be defined as intentional or unintentional statements, body language or actions which discriminate against a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. It’s important to know that some common language are actually microaggressions, and when they are used, they often make the person who is in the minority feel negatively. I don’t ever want any person I come across to feel negatively because of something I said or did, and I’m sure most of you don’t either.

As I learned more about microaggressions, I thought of some of the ones I heard just that day.

  • ●  “You’re dangerous in that thing (wheelchair).”
  • ●  “I don’t have time for this.”
  • ●  “Can you get a speeding ticket in that?”
  • ●  “There’s another one of you (people in wheelchairs) in the train car.”

Now, I have pretty thick skin, and I try not to let many things bother me, but some days it’s hard. Sometimes I have to think, would someone say or do that if I wasn’t in a wheelchair, and the answer is probably not.

I then thought of other comments I’ve heard in the past week:

  • ●  “What happened to you?”
  • ●  “When I look at you, I don’t see disability.”
  • ●  “That experience was crippling.”
  • ●  “I’d rather just be offed if I ever became disabled, I couldn’t deal.

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