D’Anthony White is legally blind. But you probably wouldn’t know it to look at him. He doesn’t wear dark glasses, or walk with a cane, as many blind people do. But, because of his disability, he has a handicapped permit to use for parking.
When White and his fiancée parked in a handicapped spot at a Silver Spring, Maryland, shopping center, they returned to the vehicle to find the following note attached to their car.
The only thing hadicap [sic] on you is your brain you lazy N*gger.
White says that this isn’t the first time he has been the victim of ridicule from someone who could not see his disability. In an interview with Washington, D.C.’s WTTG, he seems to be more upset about his disability not being recognized than he is about the racist nature of the note. He says,
My initial reaction was, ‘You don’t know if I have a disability or not. All disabilities are not visible.’ Just because you can’t see my disability, don’t make the assumption I don’t have one.
The Invisible Disabilities Association says that almost 75 percent of Americans who have disabilities do not use an assistive device such as a cane or a walker. Yet, because they have difficulties performing some of the functions of daily life, they are considered to be disabled as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Of course, in today’s “post-racial” America, when someone saw a young, apparently able-bodied black man get out of a car parked in a handicapped space, they just assumed that they were looking at someone else who was gaming the system, using a benefit they aren’t entitled to. After all, that’s what they’re told, day in and day out by Fox News, and hate radio.
Here’s a report, from Fox5DC:
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