Top 10 Reasons Why Focusing on White Students With Disabilities Is Not Acceptable Policy Strategy. In DC or Anywhere.

Lisa Simpson throwing up her hands in horror

I used this very same image for another post and darned if it isn’t perfect for this one, too! Courtesy Fox.

10. Because it’s racist. (In a rush? You can stop here!)
9. Because education policy is entwined with juvenile justice and incarceration policies for students of color with disabilities and, funny thing, disabled advocates of color think those issues are kind of urgent.
8. Because we lack the nanotechnology to measure the moral integrity of erasing students of color with disabilities from the very issue that derails and destroys their lives in vastly disproportionate numbers.
7. Because we lack the size-mic equipment to measure the arrogance of white people with disabilities who recommend erasing students of color with disabilities from the very issue that derails and destroys their lives in vastly disproportionate numbers.
6. Because erasing students of color with disabilities from the very issue that derails and destroys their lives in vastly disproportionate numbers is a non-starter in the sense of, “Do not even start or I will scream “#DisabilityTooWhite!” until you stop. 
5. Because choosing “lift up white students with disabilities” as a goal leads to bold “victories” like “ending homelessness in Beverly Hills.”
4. Because Get Out: DC is already way too possible. As a documentary.
3. Because, as a white woman with a disability, I resent having to take the time out of my busy day to issue carefully crafted statements such as “OH HELL NO,” “NOPE,” and “YOU KNOW YOU SAID THAT OUT LOUD, RIGHT?”
2. Because any white person who fancies themselves a disability rights leader in 2018 and thinks they can steer others toward opting-out of intersectional work should take a seat and stop talking.
1. Because the strategic recommendation to “avoid the whole racism thing'” in connection to educational rights, or any disability rights issue, has the value and effect of a ciabatta at a gluten-free bake-sale.

ONE MORE TIME!

Because any white person who fancies themselves a disability rights leader in 2018 and thinks they can steer others toward opting-out of intersectional work should take a seat and stop talking.


One thought on “Top 10 Reasons Why Focusing on White Students With Disabilities Is Not Acceptable Policy Strategy. In DC or Anywhere.

  1. But Ingrid, you’re a white woman and a disability rights leader. Are you OK with the statement you should sit down and shut up from influencing people of other races toward opting out of intersectional work? Why? Just by virtue of being white? The way I see it, THAT is racist. You have a good heart and stick up for disabled people regardless of their color. Here in Arkansas I can tell you the disparity is real, but I’m not convinced it’s because of color. Much of the time it’s because the parents don’t advocate for their child and let them run loose in the street. Your mom and dad advocated for you, sought out help and found it through the state agencies designed to do it. I guarantee there were already laws protecting minorities from being excluded from those benefits. Many people, regardless of race don’t value education. They rely on the school to be responsible for their children, not even seeing to feeding them breakfast or lunch. School districts are reliant on tax revenue in their community’s to fund the local school and the majority live in impoverished neighborhoods, hence less money to fund the schools. Dr Ben Carson, head of Housing and Urban Development, came from the projects in Detroit and was one of those children. His mother, determined her two boys would not be part of that disparity, kept them reined in, demanding they hang out at the library to read books. She took control and responsibility for her kids, although a single mom without a high school diploma. She found the determination to foster an environment with higher expectations, so her kids too had the ability to be a contributing members in society. Don’t you believe our civilization has moved passed judging a man solely on his race? I believe excuses for lack of parenting should not hold a Goverment accountable. The issue may better be solved by a system to foster self-reliance. Do you believe there is any validity to this argument? The way I see it feeling sorry for a persons life situation does not help them, nor does more government funding. I argue this pitfall might be a symptom of codependency. How do we help checked-out parents feel less discouraged and more involved in the welfare of their children? Doesn’t the people with disabilties act also apply to non-whites? Your cousin, Rhoda

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