This Flint, Michigan resident, has a skin condition where his cells attack itself, causing his skin to deteriorate. The condition of the water exacerbates it to the point, this man reports his skin hurting after he takes a shower. Since yall sleeping in church, find some time to pray for Flint. Or better yet, find some time to organize how to hold the entire city’s council responsible for this genocide..

Ableist hostility disguised as friendliness

Some people relate to people with disabilities in a dangerous and confusing way. They see themselves as helpers, and at first they seem to really like the person. Then the helper suddenly become aggressively hostile, and angry about the disabled person’s limitations or personality (even though they have not changed in any significant way since they started spending time together). Often, this is because the helper expected their wonderful attention to erase all of the person’s limitations, and they get angry when it doesn’t.

The logic works something like this:

  • The helper thinks that they’re looking past the disability and seeing the “real person” underneath.
  • They expect that their kindness  will allow the “real person” to emerge from the shell of disability.
  • They really like “real person” they think they are seeing, and they’re excited about their future plans for when that person emerges.
  • But the “real person” is actually figment of their imagination.

The disabled person is already real:

  • The helper doesn’t like this already-real disabled person very much
  • The helper ignores most of what the already-real person actually says, does, thinks, and feels.
  • They’re looking past the already-real person, and seeing the ghost of someone they’d like better.

This ends poorly:

  • The already-real person never turns into the ghost the helper is imagining
  • Disability stays important; it doesn’t go away when a helper tries to imagine it out of existence
  • Neither do all of the things the already-real disabled person thinks, feels, believes, and decides
  • They are who they are; the helper’s wishful thinking doesn’t turn them into someone else
  • The helper eventually notices that the already-real person isn’t becoming the ghost that they’ve been imagining
  • When the helper stop imagining the ghost, they notice that the already-real person is constantly doing, saying, feeling, believing, and deciding things that the helper hates
  • Then the helper gets furious and becomes openly hostile

The helper has actually been hostile to the disabled person the whole time

  • They never wanted to spend time around the already-real disabled person; they wanted someone else
  • (They probably didn’t realize this)
  • At first, they tried to make the already-real disabled person go away by imagining that they were someone else
  • (And by being kind to that imaginary person)
  • When they stop believing in the imaginary person, they become openly hostile to the real person

Tl;dr Sometimes ableist hostility doesn’t look like hostility at first. Sometimes people who are unable or unwilling to respect disabled people seem friendly at first. They try to look past disability, and they interact with an imaginary nondisabled person instead of the real disabled person. They’re kind to the person they’re imagining, even though they find the real person completely unacceptable. Eventually they notice the real person and become openly hostile. The disabled person’s behavior has not changed; the ableist’s perception of it has. When someone does this to you, it can be very confusing — you were open about your disability from the beginning, and it seemed like they were ok with that, until they suddenly weren’t. If this has happened to you, you are not alone.

Do you see these kids? This is NOT a childhood. They should be running around the park, jumping in mud puddles, and having play dates. They should NOT be getting countless surgeries, receiving chemo, losing their hair, throwing up in a bucket, or be connected to countless machines and tubes that breathe for them. This is not okay.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I ask every single one of you will you please help spread awareness? Will you please GO GOLD with us? Will you tell others how 7 kids in the U.S. die every day and that 46 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed everyday? Childhood cancer is the number 1 disease killer of kids in America, and incidence rates are on the rise. Yet less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) budget goes to fund childhood cancer research.

Those kids in the pictures aren’t statistics. They are someone’s child. Someone’s niece, nephew and cousin. What if it was your child or sibling? 1/285 will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. Kids are the future. They have their entire lives ahead of them. They deserve better. They are worth more than 3.8%. It is up to us to fight for them.

Will you be a voice for these kids? It’s simple. All you have to is share this post to help spread awareness. Please let everyone you know about childhood cancer.

You can also donate even $1 to The Ronan Thompson Foundation or The Truth 365 if you feel to do so. 

TheRonanThompsonFoundation.com TheTruth365.org

Be bold go GOLD.

With hope for a cure,
Courteney Rene’

Instagram: @fighting4acure Facebook: Fighting for a cure

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Remember the ice bucket challenge? Well, it worked

On July 25, the ALS Association announced that researchers have identified a new gene, NEK1, which is one of the most common genes that contribute to the neurodegenerative disease ALS. A press release issued by the ALS Association notes that funding for this research came largely from donations raised by the 2014 viral ice bucket challenge, in which people posted videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water on their heads as a way to raise awareness for the disease.

According to the ALS Association the challenge raised $220 million for research over the last two years—money that has been the catalyst behind two groundbreaking discoveries. Here’s how they could help end ALS. 

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Tuskegee syphilis experiment

The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, also known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study or Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service studying the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama.

White scientists under the veil of prophylaxis and treatment ingected black people with syphilis and watched (writing down in their notebooks) them lingering. That is definetily not the scientific practice I like.