Disability and Politics

  1. Living in Trump’s America: Thoughts From a Black Disabled Woman

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    It has been a month since the Presidential election, and the dust still has not settled from the shock of Donald Trump winning the coveted seat or the demand for recounts of votes.

    It took me some time to find the words to articulate the reality that I will live in a Trump-led America come January.  This is the America that has no regard for human dignity, empathy, or compassion.  This is the America that we have tried so hard to deny that existed by erroneously stating that we lived in a post-racial society after electing our first Black president.  This is the America that those who are multi-marginalized like myself live in every day, and such realities will only get harsher as officials are appointed who actively support every type of bigotry and offense there is.  

    I was asked by Nora Whelan, a writer for Buzzfeed, to share my thoughts about a Trump presidency as a disabled person, and the grave consequences for our community.  I know that many of us are still gathering our words, but I must continue to use my voice to speak the truth, and remain steadfast in the work that will lie ahead for us all.

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  1. #GirlIGuessImWithHer?: Battling Conflicted Feelings About Hillary As a Black Disabled Woman

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    On social media a couple of weeks ago, the hashtag #GirlIGuessImWithHer trended on Twitter that showcased voters, particularly Black Millennials like myself, reluctance to support presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Some of the tweets had a humorous flair, while others displayed the true confliction many are battling about whether to support Hillary in the general election come November.  The hashtag got me thinking about my own unease in realizing that I may have to eat crow and vote for Hillary in November, and I felt that being a politically active disabled woman, it would be fitting to give my thoughts on the topic.  

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  1. #CripTheVote in SC: New Videos Highlight Voting Rights & Ways to Vote

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    The SC State Primary is less than two weeks away, and I plan to rock my disabled vote as I have done since I became a registered voter at the age of 18.  The voting process as a disabled South Carolinian has changed in many ways, particularly in the area of accessibility with new voting methods being made available.

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  1. Rocking the Disabled Vote in 2016: Highlighting Presidential Candidates & Voting Dates

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    2016 is a bittersweet political year; President Obama will be finishing his last year in office, and we as Americans will have to elect a new president in November.  There is so much going on with this year’s presidential election that it may be exhausting to keep up with the latest news, the candidates running, and when to vote in your state caucus or primary.  This week, I wanted to share pertinent information that will help disabled and non-disabled voters know who the candidates are, when to vote, and when to watch the debates to empower oneself about which candidates are focused on the issues that matter to you.

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  1. Donald Trump, Ableism, & the Disabled Vote

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    Donald Trump, the name (and the hair) evokes a plethora of responses when you bring up the businessman who is now a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, there is no escaping the controversies he starts that gets everyone’s attention and stark reactions.

    The latest Donald Trump outrage has caused many to wonder what more can Donald Trump do to offend people, and still maintain the frontrunner power grip he has.  Since Donald Trump’s newest antics involved the disabled experience, I decided to write my perspective on Donald Trump’s influence, and how his remarks and actions affects one of the largest voting blocs in the country.  

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  1. Rock the Disabled Vote in South Carolina!

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    2014 is a midterm election year, and it is imperative for South Carolinians with disabilities to rock the disabled vote!  Voting is our civil right in this country, and you should not be prevented to exercise this right simply because you have a disability.  I grew up in a household where politics was discussed, and I saw my beloved Grandmother rock her vote each election year.  Due to her example, I have been a registered voter since I turned 18, and have voted in every election since.  Needless to say, I will be exercising my right to vote on Tuesday, July 10th, 2014 for the South Carolina Primary, and on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 for the General Election.

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