|Christian & Chris Ulmer|
It always depends on the situation how I respond to these things. Sometimes I just don't at all, for the sake of our safety or if something just seems really off. However, when appropriate, I have decided that I won't sit by and stay silent. Maybe it's the lawyer in me, but I don't feel like change will ever happen if no one speaks up. It's bigger than Christian. Christian isn't the only person who has been targeted and run down based on their disability. He wasn't the first and he won't be the last. But in the meantime, I want to do what I can to address this issue.
The issue is the belief that people with disabilities are inherently miserable because of their disability.
The issue is the belief people with disabilities are better off dead.
The issue is the thought that people with disabilities are worthless and add nothing of value to society.
The issue is the idea that permeates to the core of our society that people with disabilities are less than other human beings because they have a disability, that they are somehow a substandard class of people who don't deserve the same basic human rights as others.
I want to put it to rest now. All of these things are WRONG!
To the Melodies of the world: You are wrong. You are as wrong as wrong can get. You are wrong about Christian and you are wrong about the value that he possesses. I feel sorry for you that you miss out on such an incredible person as him. Your words have no power over Christian or over who he is. You can continue to talk and it will change not a single thing. You will still be an adult talking down about a five year old disabled child and he will still be a five year old who has changed the world.
So, let's start with the original comment, exactly what was said. Someone shared the video I referenced above and shared this with it:
|I am so miserable to have a loving family|
|The misery we experience is all consuming at times.|
|See the look of hopelessness on my face? Holding up my new book. Ugh!|
|Hopelessness abounds at my law school graduation where I received my doctorate degree. Laying in bed and crying, I'm telling ya.|
|That isn't pride on my face, that's hopelessness.|
|Yep, pure misery.|