Education Leadership according to the Politics of the Underrepresented

Dr. Robert Stanley Oden of California State University Sacramento in teaching a course titled The Politics of the Underrepresented in 2010 inspired me to become a graduate student. The local news in Sacramento ran a story on him that can be seen by following the link below. Get to know the work of this amazing professor by watching. Also, please add and share widely. I’ve also included a link to my Twitter posting of the video at the bottom of this page.

Higher Education Needs to Reconsider its Approach to Persons with Disability

I recently had to question (even to myself) at what point does disability, (especially cognitive/intellectual/mental types), justly make it impossible for one to attain advanced status in education; i.e., PhD, research, and college faculty positions? I had to face the fact even I had agreed that such a point exists. I’ve since concluded otherwise after weeks (maybe years) of considering my reasoning as to where this point is, and as to why it must be a point in the first place. I am going to post a blog in the coming days which discusses not only why such thinking is prejudicial and thus illigetimate as a way of reason, but also explains why I see it that some of the most advanced positions in education (especially in relation to certain fields), absolutely need to make space for Persons with Disability types that are generally considered severe, extreme, etc. of cognitive/intellectual/mental disability.

*Facultas Marginem (FM)*

Facultas Marginem (FM) is a term that points to an aspect of understandings of disability derived at least in part from the existential experience of PWDs being affected by or the result of (for better or worse), certain aspects of one’s socioenvironmental situation. Generally, this aspect of disability is conceived of as the relatively negative (impartation of negativity; worse) experience of PWDs according to the prejudicial, brash, malicious, discriminatory or nescient aspects of a given sociological environment or socioenvironmental context. Or, contrastingly, this aspect of disability may also be conceived of as the relatively positive, agreeable (reduction of negativity: better) experience of PWDs according to the non-existence of certain prejudicial, malicious, brash or nescient aspects of a given sociological environment or socioenvironmental context. Specifically, FM is any thing, or degree thereof, as an ontological manifestation (being of, or constituted by, any socioenvironmental trait that is physical, metaphysical, societal, psychosocietal, epistemological: or any combination thereof), that is categorically held, based in, or emanating from any existential locus being outside of any individual person; necessarily as a condition(s) of a given sociological environment, or socioenvironmental context.

Joseph Carlton Barry, April 24, 2021, University of Kentucky

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Persons With Disabilities and the Notion of “ColorBlindness”

**First, off in using the term color blindness, I acknowledge that I may be stepping on the toes of my Blind Brothers and Sisters, please let my acknowledgement say I mean no carelessness in being aware of your humanity, please apply critique (or not) as you see fit: Your input will only be taken in earnest respect, as I will aim to adjust such language if need be as you see fit.**

In reviewing some scholarship by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics, I came to appreciate some valid points made (specifically by the UN) about our collective need to acknowledge the identity and extant status of Persons with Disabilities. Their point was that such an acknowledgement is extremely important; namely, because acknowledging the identities of PWD is fundamentally necessary if we are to make improvements to our society according to any goals for universal participation – or at least the removal of unnecessary societal barriers. However, the notion of needing to count PWDs existentially, also speaks to the inherently prejudiced notion of Colorblindness. I was watching Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw in the hours leading up to reading the WG blog post (link is included below). And Dr Crenshaw was speaking on youtube, or it may have been Dr. Patricia Collins (please forgive me) who may have spoke these words into my mind. Either way, an excellent point was made with regards to combatting the racism perpetuated by certain person’s adoption of a colorblind ideology. The point had been made which pointed out the necessary paradox contained in the notion of one being colorblind. In that, by claiming colorblindness one is claiming to be indifferent to the notion of color by referencing the very notion of color. One cannot say they don’t conceive of color by explaining color as what they refuse to acknowledge. I’ve long claimed that refusing to acknowledge one’s race, or any other formulation of a given identity, equates to one of the most damaging forms of racism and/or any other ism, which could possibly exist. Yet, I found the (il)logical paradox of colorblindness particularly interesting when contrasted by the generally prevailing concept of disability being discussed by the WG of scholars. It is our society’s proclivity to approach the notion of disability in a way that stands contrary to the approach to race; i.e., colorblindness. Whereas, in the case of disability, instead of ability-blindness, our society is extremely ability-focused. Which called me to think about how it is that while a focus on the societal condition of PWD shows tremendous promise for understanding the sociological component of the experience of PWD, this focus also emphasizes the paradoxical nature of any preference to enact any form of identity blindness. To make this point I will ask a person who sees oneself as being colorblind, while at the same time also being one who supports developing sociological understandings related to the phenomenon of Disability, to try as hard as they might wish, to make the two logics fit. In short, try to fit the notion of logic which values identity focused approaches to understanding the societal condition of PWD fit with a notion of logic which values identity blinded (colorblindness) approaches to understanding the societal condition of persons according to race. I will bet that you will discover a fundamental contradiction which can only be explained by an axiomatic fallacy; i.e., a prejudicial ism. Unless of course one’s argument for color blindness is to preclude any understanding of the societal condition of persons according to race. An overt claim to an (un)ethical disposition which is prejudicially based on Self supremacy; and more often than not, White -self- supremacy.

The Washington Group Blog referenced above can be found at the following link:

Disability And Data: Need For Numbers And Narratives – The Washington Group (

SSI Advocacy on horizon — crookedfacenews

SSI/SSP Advocacy Conference Call Today I am participating in a conference call among community leaders geared toward a potential advocacy venture at the state capital regarding improving the living status for persons living on such programs specifically as SSI/SSP. Currently persons receiving such aid are living at 97% poverty. What that means exactly, I don’t […]

SSI Advocacy on horizon — crookedfacenews

The Journey Begins

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Joseph Barry (The Scholar)

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I have came a long way to be. I was diagnosed first with bone cancer at the age of 3. This was in 1981 and the doctors were wrong about that original diagnosis. This blog is about my journey since that day. It encompasses some of my experiences, beliefs, art, and scholarly works which evolved from a 3 year old mistakenly diagnosed with bone cancer, to a life lived unapologetically crippled and nevertheless as full  as possibly there ever may be. As such, I hope my life’s work does more to inform rather than to inspire. While I have been accused many times of being inspirational, and I don’t wish to demean any of those accusations, nor to disrespect my own inspirational nature – this is a trait I embrace and welcome. Yet, if I can be relatively just as meaningful as a source of information…

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