Friday, July 17, 2009

Crips, Midgets, Language, and Freedom, Part II


As a follow-up to a recent post -- "Crips, Midgets, Language, and Freedom" -- I learned of an article on Salon.com regarding the controversy over the (incorrect) supposition that The Little People of America wanted to ban the word midget.

It's an interesting, well-researched, and nuanced piece, written by a person who has a little person within her family. Find the article here.

The most telling comment is near the end, one which applies to nearly every person with a disability. It comes from the actor Mark Povinelli.
"You can call me 'midget' -- that's your problem, not mine. But when you ignore me as a human, when you don't give me the courtesy you'd give a person of average height, that's when it really gets me."
However, I am also intrigued -- I might even say somewhat dismayed -- is the nature of many of the replies from readers.
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