Wait a minute...
What year is it?
I'm a pretty grounded individual, so I'm certain that it is 2022.
Last week, I had some ugly comments and emojis splattered on one of my social media business pages.
#1: "I don't want a retarded kid in a class with my kid."
#2: 5 lines of alternating thumbs down and vomit face emojis
My first response was "this is ridiculous", and then there was anger and disgust. Of course, in my anger and disgust, I deleted both of the posts, but in hind sight, I wish I had left them up to engage in some dialogue.
I also wish I had left them up so that others could see the continued ugliness when it comes to people with disabilities and differences.
There is so much ignorance in comments and emojis like this.
While many of us appear to go through life smoothly and without much effort, these are true:
We are ALL differently abled.
We ALL have strengths and struggles.
We ALL experience life differently.
As humans, when will we realize this?
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everyone, every person, every child has a place in this world. And we all grow when we have a sense of belonging.
It's time to stop the ignorance, hate, and exclusive mindset. We all belong. CLICK HERE