This story and the embedded video inflames me to my core. It begs the question: where are all those civil rights advocates that jump at every opportunity to get their face on camera when the rights of someone of their own race are violated? Jessie Jackson? Al Sharpton? Perhaps even Ruben Navarrette?
Nope. None of those gentlemen will show up in Tampa to protest or draw attention to the situations we families of exceptional folks still face. Most of the time the abuse is much more subtle. I think the general public would be surprised at how many places are still not very handicap accessible.
There is still so much more that is left to be done than the lip service we receive from our leaders and politicians. I'm thrilled that the racial divide has lessened in my lifetime. Too bad a canyon still exists between folks with disabilities and those without.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008