I will never understand how blog posts like When a Cashier Reminded Me My Son Has Down Syndrome garner such a universally positive response. All I see when I read the cashier's ableist remark is the mother's horrifying reply (which I will not post here because it's too awful) in front of her 2-year-old child no less. And then? The ableism of this cashier and people like her is excused by the mother who says "It's not their fault. They just don't know."
We cannot think it's okay to speak the way this mother did, in front of her child or not, in jest or not. Because disabled children are being killed by their parents. In 2014. Just within the last month, I have learned about five recently murdered children (Olivia, Ben and Max Clarence, Nancy Fitzmaurice and earlier this month London McCabe.)
Why is this mother being praised for making such a horrifying remark? For "using her wit" as she claims to have done? Why are so many oblivious to the harm posts like these are causing?