On Dehumanizing the Disabled

On a fairly regular basis, I have people send me disability related items that they think may interest me. Occasionally someone will tell me to read a book because they are interested in my take on things. I’m usually game. I like to expand my horizons, and I know that about 90% of this stuff is stuff I wouldn’t see if someone didn’t take the time to point it out to me.

A friend sent me a book to read (I will keep this book anonymous because I don’t want to upset the author, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t do this out of malice), and while it’s not my usual read, the way it was sent to me intrigued me. “Hey Sarah, I know this isn’t your usual, but disability is mentioned in this book and I’d be really interested to see what you think about it.” I replied, asking for more details and I got basically a wink and a mysterious smile in response and, “You’ll see…” Well, I’m a sucker for “you’ll see…” so I found the book on my library’s audiobook site, downloaded it and I’ve been giving it a listen.

My friend is right, this absolutely isn’t my bag, but I made my way through it, and yes, disability is mentioned. The protagonist has a heart condition (which gets cured, and that’s fine, but the “cure narrative” is something that I’ll leave for another day), but it’s really a passing comment about a minor character that doesn’t even rank in the book (and basically is just mentioned for this one instance) that raised my hackles, and it’s the reason for this post today.

The comment that got me was a bit of a backstory about an assassin who was injured, and now he is disabled, bitter, and angry, and waiting to die.

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