So there’s this guy called Mr. Chris who has created a website and Facebook group entitled Special Books By Special Kids. And all of my abled friends keep sharing it on Facebook and saying how amazing the guy is. For those who don’t know, the guy is a special education teacher who takes precious time out of his day to compliment kids with disabilities (what a mensch) and make videos about their lives. And he’s gotten a ton of media attention, both in the news and on social media, and he’s gotten tens of thousands of dollars in donations.
And maybe I’ve just gotten too bitter but this just seems so wrong to me. Here’s this guy (who, from what I’ve seen, is abled) who is getting all off this media attention, who is having thousands of people donate to him, who is having thousands of people share his posts, all because he dared to be nice to kids with disabilities. This makes me mad for three reasons:
1.) You could make a huge argument that it’s exploitative.
2.) As an Education Major, we’re taught every single day that we should do things like give our kids compliments and try to have their voices heard. Granted, many teachers don’t, but the fact that some do isn’t newsworthy. (Let alone national news and a social media phenomenon!) That’s like giving a contractor national attention for hammering a nail correctly. Or a doctor national attention every time they save a life. It’s part of the job!
3.) Literally for as long as I can remember, the disabled community, myself included, has supported one another and have tried to advocate for one another and have tried to share each other’s stories and have tried to have our voices be heard. And nobody cared. Barely anyone from the ‘abled’ community spared us a god damn passing glance, let alone dozens of news articles, thousands of shares, and tens of thousands of dollars in donations.
Why is it that when an abled guy starts stating the obvious, that kids with disabilities should be complimented and/or should have their stories heard, he gets all of attention/donations when the disabled community has literally been saying this for years? I know that I’m not the first person to say this but, surprise, surprise, all of the disabled people who are complaining about this have had their voices overshadowed.
Naturally, this is my own opinion (albeit a very jaded one). So, do your research and tell me what you think?