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Stop calling disabled people inspirational!

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Oscar Pistorius is awesome. Amazing. He’s so fast. There are a lot of complimentary things you could say about him. But whatever you do, please don’t call him inspirational.

When you’re an able-bodied person and you refer to a disabled person as inspirational what you’re doing is using that person to put your own life into perspective. You’re saying to yourself, things could be worse, I could be him. Is that what you want to say about Oscar Pistorius’ achievements?

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Written by tldegray

August 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I am sorry but I have to disagree. Oscar Pistorius is inspirational to able bodied people not because of his disability but because of his courage, because he spent years fighting for what he believed was right. He was told time and time again that he couldn’t do it and he did. It is inspirational what someone over comes the odds and does so in such a gentlemanly fashion. My friend wanted to get into rowing. She was told that she wasn’t strong enough or tall enough. People stood in her way and told her she couldn’t do it. Now after years of hard work she is racing. That is inspirational to me in the same way Oscar Pistorious is.

    I don’t look at him and think how lucky am I, I look at him and think if he can make his dreams come true maybe I can too, which is what I think of a lot of Olympians. You suggest that the only way people find him inspirational is because he runs on no legs. I don’t think that is true. It is his character that inspires.

    Kate

    August 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

  2. Never be sorry for disagreeing!

    Oscar Pistorius is inspirational to able bodied people not because of his disability but because of his courage, because he spent years fighting for what he believed was right.

    If you look at much of the commentary surrounding him, and at the posts I linked, you’ll see that his disability is a primary focus of why people believe he is inspirational. See especially the photo of him in the post “The ONLY disability in life is WHAT?” And this sort of focus on his overcoming the obstacle of disability is bad in the messages it sends–especially the message it sends to other disabled people who have not achieved what he has.

    tldegray

    August 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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