#Oprah2020 was trending
on social media last week. Speculation about Ms. Winfrey running for President became part of the morning news cycle after her inspiring Golden Globe acceptance speech.
Oprah Winfrey has a fondness or pseudoscience. This fondness has caused harm to the medical community, the practice of psychology, and to our autism community in particular.
If she runs I will neither support nor vote for her regardless of her wide global appeal, her great skills as a speaker, her famed generosity or her business acumen.
“Why you hating on Auntie Oprah?” A human right activist friend of color asked me.
“I don’t hate her.” I answered. “I am upset about the massive harm she’s done.“
Oprah gave us Phil McGraw, Dr. Oz, and most hurtful to my son and the autistic community, Jenny McCarthy. With help from Oprah, Jenny McCarthy introduced the anti-vaccine movement to mainstream America.
Does Oprah realize the harm she continues … Continue Reading ››
I've been on a journey to bring disabled African American history into the light by reclaiming the disabled identities of history makers. There is a hidden rule that unless such revelations are unavoidable, a person's disabled identity is best ignored. When such disability is so inseparable from the arc of the figure's life it cannot be erased, then disability is made the scapegoat for anything negative befalling such a person.
Nina Simone was what I'll call a bipolar savant
. She was neurodivergent and did her best work as an activist completely unaware she was bipolar and suffering from PTSD. As such, the disability community should embrace her as a savant in the wider sphere of neurodivergent people who demonstrate talent usually limited to the label autistic savant
The recent purchase of Nina Simone’s birthplace by four African American artists
who are now restoring it has brought media spotlight back on Ms. Simone and her legacy. This gives … Continue Reading ››
The Dietrich, Idaho locker room assault victim
needs to matter to organizations in disability rights advocacy and mental health advocacy. He needs to matter to human rights advocacy groups. He needs to matter to civil rights groups, and groups advocating against hate crimes. He needs to matter to advocacy organizations that fight to help survivors of torture.
The silence from national disability advocacy organizations makes it clear that when it comes to crimes against disabled victims, Black lives don’t matter.
This silence is complete and familiar.
This silence is a further indignity on this 18-year-old African American disabled victim. What happened to this innocent Black victim screaming in a cold storage closet of locker room at a public high school didn’t matter to the prosecutor. It didn’t matter to the town’s football team. The victim’s lifelong trauma didn’t matter to the judge, who shouted insulting accusations at the victim’s parents in open … Continue Reading ››