“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” EE Cummings
So many times I, as a advocate will uncover a fact about someone or some body popular, like the fact that Starbucks has a well hidden history of institutionalised abuse of the disabled. The judgement of you the reader is not whether you knew or not, it’s what you do once you know. Some exclaim horror and picket while others like in the case of Starbucks will swear never to step foot in the establishment ever again.
Here’s the problem, we the disabled, by the nature of our lives and the limitations of our body sometimes don’t have a choice. Our only option is to fight until we facilitate change. If you’re a fan of Starbucks, if their coffee got you through countless midterms, or nightshifts at the hospital we understand, just don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not bashing you. If I inform you it’s not a personal attack and if your best friend is a barrista it’s not personal about her, she just works for a corporate bully.
If you love the person sitting next to you and that person is disabled or the one they love is, then vicariously through that love you have for that person, you must stand up and take the position that if the person you love has their rights taken away or impinged upon by a corporation or goverment we who love them are left with no other choice but to link arms and storm the collective bastilles.
Next time the fear of losing the perfect decaf half caf soy macchiato fills you with dread remember the price your loved one is paying for it and you’ll find it’s a hell of a lot more than the perfect cup of joe.
RESPECT OUR EXISTANCE OR EXPECT OUR RESISTANCE