Silent stares and rude questions: the disability minefield.

Nina Childish

We need to talk about something faced by disabled people every day: the attitudes of strangers. Not remarks, not discrimination, but the silent stares.

There’s no question that everyone gets judged on their appearance by those they pass in the streets. Something that makes you stand out will attract attention be it crutches or a strange hairstyle. I’ve been there pre-disability: bright obnoxious pink white and orange woollen dreadlocks paired with multiple facial piercings. Then I revelled in the stares (two fingers up to society? oh teenage me), but now when people look at me struggling to walk with crutches, hiding behind nothing, it feels like the stares are piercing my skin. I attract attention for the “wrong” reasons, those beyond my control, yet I feel no pride in my appearance now. There’s nothing worse than passing a chattering group of friends on the tube platform, for them to go silent, watch…

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  1. INCITEMENT TO HATRED
    ALL ASSUME – BENEFIT SCROUNGER

    The Nazis did this with the disabled in the 1930s and 1940s, calling the disabled ‘wasteful eaters’.

    This was the German on German holocaust that killed the disabled, the mentally ill, the old.

    So what else is happening now, but this, in a roundabout not so direct way, that has the same end result of suicide, early death and starvation.

    THE SILENCE OF AFFRONTED PUBLIC
    THE WHISPERING AND the end cliche of YEAH I THOUGHT THAT

    What is really funny is that both young or old, people do not realise that the incitement to hatred also hits them, from a wealthy elite in our political class, laughing all the way to the bank on us all.

    11 MILLION DISABLED ARE A POWERFUL VOTING BLOC

    40 per cent over 50s are disabled. We see not only lost benefits, threat of taxing benefits at source, but also the TOTAL LOSS OF STATE PENSION FOR LIFE.
    See why, at end of my petition, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    WHERE IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO VOTE FOR

    Total media blackout on them in national press and TV news.

    Say not got a MP yet.

    But Labour began at the turn fo the 20th century but did not get an MP for decades, til 1924.

    See who are the alternative, that could bring, as a group of parties, the same number as either Tory or Labour in UK government:

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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