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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 (washingtongroup-disability.com)

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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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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AI and the conditions of disability and Persons with a Disability/The Disabled

I would like to leave this space for those who wish to make a constructive point. As a very proud Person with a Disability, (I was named by the Sacramento Observer as being a Disability Rights Champion), it is a bit hard for me to discuss certain things amongst non-disabled people. One of those things is the necessary truth that there is an inherent aspect of disability that is undesirable, even to the most prideful, culturally aware, and conscious Person with a Disability (PWD). That being said, I think when persons who have not a clue about that experience, and who regularly speak on it as if it were there right, (that is, without respective thought, as being the repugnancy of the offense), a strange thing happens. First, PWDs are displayed as some manifestation epitomizing the righteousness of the point attempting to be made about disability, (by those who are not disabled). And, while this is an ugly sociological nature of Humans (HumX), it is not the underlying harm which is almost always created by abled persons’ translations of PWDs’ transparent discussion as to the worth of disability. The second, and arguably most harmful form of public harm which occurs in this context, is the drowning out of the voice of PWDs as to further meaningful iterations of the discussion. PWDs are use as evidence for any disability argument amongst the larger society, but never as experts with regards to any meaningful part of the discussion. It’s like watching two parents fight over custody.

This post is meant to facilitate an honest transparent discussion. This discussion will naturally lead to difficult subject matter, but so long as one’s input is not meant to be facetious, malicious, nor the like, the input is more than welcome. Accordingly, in counteracting the historical societal proclivity to preclude the obvious expertise of PWD; any PWD (so long as their input remains in the ranges of decency and transparency I have afforded to the likes of maliciousness), will be inherently considered an expert of issues related to disability; especially if the disability they are speaking to is part of their natural HumX condition/diagnosis. Please share and invite widely to any circles you feel may add to or learn from what will hopefully evolve into a healthy discussion on the nature of worth with regards to disability.

AI and the conditions of disability and Persons with a Disability/The Disabled

I would like to leave this space for those who wish to make a constructive point. As a very proud Person with a Disability, (I was named by the Sacramento Observer as being a Disability Rights Champion), it is a bit hard for me to discuss certain things amongst non-disabled people. One of those things is the necessary truth that there is an inherent aspect of disability that is undesirable, even to the most prideful, culturally aware, and conscious Person with a Disability (PWD). That being said, I think when persons who have not a clue about that experience, and who regularly speak on it as if it were there right, (that is, without respective thought, as being the repugnancy of the offense), a strange thing happens. First, PWDs are displayed as some manifestation epitomizing the righteousness of the point attempting to be made about disability, (by those who are not disabled). And, while this is an ugly sociological nature of Humans (HumX), it is not the underlying harm which is almost always created by abled persons’ translations of PWDs’ transparent discussion as to the worth of disability. The second, and arguably most harmful form of public harm which occurs in this context, is the drowning out of the voice of PWDs as to further meaningful iterations of the discussion. PWDs are use as evidence for any disability argument amongst the larger society, but never as experts with regards to any meaningful part of the discussion. It’s like watching two parents fight over custody.

This post is meant to facilitate an honest transparent discussion. This discussion will naturally lead to difficult subject matter, but so long as one’s input is not meant to be facetious, malicious, nor the like, the input is more than welcome. Accordingly, in counteracting the historical societal proclivity to preclude the obvious expertise of PWD; any PWD (so long as their input remains in the ranges of decency and transparency I have afforded to the likes of maliciousness), will be inherently considered an expert of issues related to disability; especially if the disability they are speaking to is part of their natural HumX condition/diagnosis. Please share and invite widely to any circles you feel may add to or learn from what will hopefully evolve into a healthy discussion on the nature of worth with regards to disability.

CrookedFace News

With regards to a LinkedIn post that I shared earlier today, which is far too representative of social media appearing during this era of #Trumpyism.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/joseph-carlton-barry-sr-6b112218a_covid-19-disproportionately-impacting-those-activity-6715361033181048832-jdqL

This is the unfortunate but true status of our National values in the #Trumpyism era. Its painful enough for Persons With a Disability to know that its long been the nature of humanity to be as reprehensibly neglectful of itself as it seems to almost ignorantly be in this way. However, this pain becomes particularly acute when you consider the credibility procured by those of our HumX us which seem to adore ignorance and would chose to plunder their neighbors in the name of entertainment and dramatic effect. It is the credibility which seems to have been acknowledged by the greatness of us to the destituteness of us. It is the seeming reality that the honorable us have accepted cursing at our dinner table, the unabashed exercise of neighborly disregard, the absolute filthy behavior of those amongst the all of us who might otherwise go on a first date without so much as showering first: It is this reality, that makes this truth particularly hurtful. I can’t say that I am particularly upset with the ignorant behavior of the ignorant of us, for that has been a behavior of ours that I’ve known to exist my entire life. I must say that the spirit which burns in me as disappointment and begs me to impart discipline upon the family of us, is aimed at the better side of the us. For it is the best of the us that have been neglectful in voicing reason and humanity. It is the best of us that have not called some order to our home. It is the best of us who have let the child like wickedness, the praxis of moral paradox, and the inherent evil that men do us to run amuck amidst the us that is our home. #crookedfacenews #disabilityleadership #disabilityconsultants #vote

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