Disability Culture Watch

Archive for May, 2007

22 May

Crip Machine Takes to the Streets

A coming out tale that must be recorded in the annals of disability history, and was recorded in the New York Times, goes like this: On a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon, a group of fine, feather-boa-bedecked crips joined Dance Parade, a dancin’-in-the-streets festival that streamed down Fifth Avenue and into Washington Square Park.
I sent […]

14 May

Stylin’ Crips in the New York Times

Clearly, Frankly, Unabashedly Disabled: Style Section, New York Times, Page 1, Sunday May 13, 2007:
“This is who I am. If you have a problem with it, that’s your problem.” Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Advocacy for the Disabilities Network of New York City
WHEN Josh Blue won NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” last season, he did so with […]

14 May

Penn and Teller Defend Their Own Liberties

Penn and Teller’s Showtime series “Bullshit” devoted episode 56 to disability. Except for the wisdom of Lawrence Carter-Long, the show lived up to its name. Watch it if you have extra time on your hands, but beware the libertarian nonsense that they trot out in skewering the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Why, they wonder, […]

02 May

Rich People’s Prison Sentence

At least it was on the cover of the New York Times, an indication that this is an important story. Newsworthy. Sunday, April 29, 2007. I am outraged to learn that in the California prison system, and in other states as well, some prisoners can pay a daily fee to stay in upscale cells, with […]

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