Callous ignorance

I’d like to address a callous comment that was posted on my op-ed article detailing my struggles as a disabled person who had to flee her country, the United States, to save her own life.

It takes a great deal of cowardice to anonymously attack a severely disabled person publicly discussing her life struggles in hopes of raising awareness about the cruelty with which a large part of the disabled population is treated in the United States.

I stood up to bullies before the accident that left me paralyzed and will continue to do so from this wheelchair.

But the main reason for this letter is to address that person’s main complaints: first, his suggestion that I was to blame for my accident and second, that I have no right to demand anything as far as disability benefits is concerned since I most likely already received all of the contributions I made before becoming paralyzed.

Forget about the callousness – the ignorance of facts it takes to make such a statement is astounding.

He asked how I was injured. Was it while partying? He seemed to feel that I somehow DESERVED to break my neck and become paralyzed, if it indeed happened while partying. No, it didn’t. It was during a swimming pool accident. I know he probably thinks I should have been home and not running any risks, but damn me! I just had to go out and hang out with friends and, gasp, swim!

I was also left with no choice but to explain to this person how public safety nets work. It amazes me that I STILL have to explain something this basic to adults like that hateful man. Social Security is a safety net we all contribute to through our paychecks. Some contribute for decades and don’t live long enough to collect. Other people, like me, contribute for a short period of time and start collecting at a relatively young age. And then there is the overwhelming majority who contribute their whole working lives and receive benefits once they retire. That’s how the system works: we all pay in and money is there for those who need it. It all balances itself out. It’s a way for civilized societies to prevent people from sinking into poverty due to a severe injury. Capiche?

I sometimes wonder if people like that feel as if they have have divine insurance against catastrophic accidents so that they can continue to freely judge people they’re never met, for facing unforeseen circumstances that could happen to anyone.

I guess the reason I allow people like that to affect me negatively is because they are a reminder that brainwashing against the poor has been very successful in what I refer to as the United States of Corporations. There has been a concerted effort by corporate manipulators to criminalize poverty since the Ronald Reagan era. His callous comment didn’t make me sad because I felt personally attacked. No, I actually cried because it made me realize that people who make billions successfully convince people who make thousands that those who haven’t climbed the ‘corporate ladder’ – their idea of success – (the poor, the elderly, the disabled) are the enemy.

Corporate greed is the enemy.

#AMileInMyWheels #WheelchairLife #PeopleBeforeProfits #CorporateGreed #JudgeLessLoveMore

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