Angela West is a self-advocate from Virginia.
The election is over. No matter how you feel about the election results, we must keep talking about the things that matter in lives of people with disabilities. We must come together and unite as a disability advocacy group. Self-advocates across the United States may have different ideas, which is great. However, we must come together and show that disability rights are human rights.
Some people are not happy with the election results, but they are staying positive and want to keep advocating for disability rights. Alexus Smith, a disability advocate from Virginia said,
“I do not agree with the election outcome because I do not approve of someone that uses hate speech to get where they are as the president. As a differently-abled community, the most important thing we can do for ourselves right now is to Stand Together and fight twice as hard as we’ve already been fighting…when we remain neutral in times like this and do not stand on what we believe in that will give the oppressor agency.”
Like any army, I believe that there needs to be a disability army that is made up of people living with disabilities. I think of an army not only as fighting, but preparing, strengthening, and training to be ready for what may come. We must work together to find each other’s strengths and support one another. If the time comes where we need to show what we stand for, we will be ready and united.
The way that we serve one another is just as important as going into battle. I hope that we keep talking with each other and speaking up for our community!