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On Discrimination

On Discrimination

This topic is on my mind as I watch a replay of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream" speech” that was fifty years ago. I don’t remember it as I was thirteen months old. I had never seen it in its entirety until tonight.

Before my accident, I would have said discrimination really didn’t exist, but having been discriminated against since being honest about my depression and since becoming physically disabled, I have come to realize how much it does.

Then, I thought about my small rural farm town, and that it is very White. In fact, all White as far as I know. Anyway, I won’t go into a rambling tirade but just think:

  1. Do you treat people in wheelchairs differently than other people? I have people assume I am mentally deficient because I have a disability.
  2. Do you cross the street if you see someone of another color approaching you? Would you do the same with someone of your own race? I have seen discrimination first-hand, and know it does occur. This is my plea for all of us to practice acceptance and tolerance of all minorities.

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