Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Angry flash of insight
THIS IS WHAT WE SPICERS GIVE TO ALL THE HATERS OUT THERE, A PROPER RUDE FU BIRD, AND NOT TOM'S USUAL POLITE INDEX FINGER ONE (note how bossy older sister is forcing him into this rude gesture).
I was just looking at some pictures of Tom and was suddenly moved by how desperately all my life I have wanted to protect him from other people's cruel judgement. Once on holiday in Cornwall I turned to see two girls trying to drown him in the sea. There was a girl at another comprehensive near mine in Devon who was notoriously sexually molested and then had dog shit forced into her mouth by a group of boys.
There are 1.5 million learning disabled people in the UK. And many of them will have stories like the ones above in their history, but not all of them are able to articulate it.
I hate the way we all too commonly treat learning disabled people. They routinely die because of poor healthcare, they are ignored and feared, they are not valued as members of society.
It is our moral duty as evolved human beings to value those weaker than ourselves, and have some compassion and patience. We should be far removed from the sort of backward societies that still lock up their LD citizens and neglect them to a heart wrenching extent.
No brainer, surely?