Do you think it’s okay to have friends that you disagree with about political issues? I have a close friend that’s much more conservative than me; most of the time we avoid talking about politics, but he listens respectfully when I call him out on something, and even though I’m gay, Jewish, and non-gender conforming I feel very safe around him. Sometimes, though, I feel like I shouldn’t be friends with him, because I would be supporting his problematic views. Thoughts?
Allies should be strengthening the voice of people with disability by speaking up alongside us, not simulating disability in a tokenistic fashion and raising money for charities.
I tend to feel that the idea that minority groups are not costumes applies to us, too. Learning about the disabled experience, which is actually a wide variety of experience because disability is so many different things, is easy. A lot of us are willing to talk about it. Read some things we wrote. Ask anyone who seems genuinely okay with satisfying your curiosity. However awesome we seem, please resist the urge to pretend to be us.