college is catered towards the able bodied and able minded. school applauds people who can stay up all night, skip meals, and work endlessly. that kind of extreme contribution is expected. why are disabled people being squeezed out of academic institutions? why should I feel inferior because of some arbitrary and ridiculous standard?
everything is catered to the enabled, not just college. everything.
Video is a teacher talking to a classroom of deaf students.
Teacher: I want to talk about language today. When a child is born, what is the first thing the parents hear in the hospital?
Student: “Your child failed the hearing test.”
Teacher: Right. A baby is five hours old and he’s failed something already? What about the term “hearing loss”? What does that word evoke?
Student: Hearing is the norm. Deaf is less than. Lacking.
Teacher: Are we “less than”? Do you believe being deaf has taken away or added to your life? If someone invented a pill you could take it tonight and you would wake up hearing how many of you would take it? *looks around the room* None of you. Why not?
Student: Because being deaf gives you friends anywhere you go.
Student: And a way of seeing the world that’s different from anyone else.
Student: Hearing kids don’t know who they are. We do. We’re deaf: first, last, always.
Student: Hearing people think they have more than us…their lives are better. We have it so “hard.” But I’d never give up being deaf to be like anyone else. Never.
Teacher: Not hearing loss. Deaf gain.
Note: Please keep this transcript when you reblog this so that blind people (blind people use screen readers) are able to know what the video was talking about.
Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these “A-Gay” white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry.
I’m really pissed off that I have to wear my gas mask in my house right now cuz someone is using a goddamn leaf blower & the fumes are coming inside.
and yes I do have multiple personalities and yes we are all pissed off about this.
I’m not even sposed to be alive and I’m fighting fighting fighting for my life every fucking day. respect that!!
signal boost please!!!!
femme of color artists are looking for support in the deep south
Society hates us, but the WORLD loves us. Meet the Prancing Elites. Come read our story.
Have you heard of the Prancing Elites? Well, we are an all-male, African-American gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama. We have a passion for dance that is impeccable. We may not be accepted by all of society because we are homosexual males, but the love that we have for what we do won’t stop us because someone doesn’t like it.
the writing altar i made for Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s online class Sacred Texts, Collective Dream: A Writing Intensive for Two Spirit, Queer and Trans People of Color Writers.
you can find more info about Leah’s classes here:
back row, left to right:
picture of frederick douglass; june jordan’s poetry for the people; thinking class by joanna kadi; angry women, open to a picture of sapphire and her poetry; a zine by basil; american dreams by sapphire; a picture of me performing in chicago; getting home alive by aurora levins morales and rosario morales; picture of two libyan jewish girls; the flying camel edited by loolwa khazzoom; a flyer i made to start riot grrrl press; when the moon waxes red by trinh t. minh-ha; a framed ticket to the world premiere of my first film “heart breaks open;” scars of light by beth goobie; the prophet by kahlil gibran.
zines: dis-n-tangle, kult kid #2, two way street, riot grrrl dc #6, discharge #4, sticks & stones. my book “fix this mess.”