Homage to Bill Peace and All Chair Users

My friend and academic colleague Bill Peace has written a blog post about a very ugly incident he experienced last night. Essentially, he was prevented from getting into his car by a woman who parked illegally next to the disability parking space. He had to wait around in the dark for her to return so he could get in his car. Worse however was the woman’s disdain for his evident distress, for she took her time to say, “You people are so bitter,” and “I will pray for your rotten soul”–all because he dared to evince his dismay at her behavior. Bill is a talented and brilliant man who has a lifetime of disability advocacy behind him. Imagine how a newly paralyzed veteran, someone who still doesn’t have a sense of self-advocacy, would experience this. Bill can at least write about the evil harridan. I too have met her kind. Bill, I’m performing ancient Finnish magic on her right now. She will wake up tomorrow as a dingle berry on a reindeer’s posterior.  

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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