A popular content creator’s recent video of a social experiment unveiled racial disparities between how disabled people are treated by the general public.
The video showcased two men in the stunt, displaying themselves as blind as they reached out to pedestrians as they embarked on a walk. Based on the results, pedestrians were more willing to help and touch the white man as opposed to his black counterpart. Both actors in the clip behaved in the similarly, ranging from help with their shoes or support while walking on a busy shopping walkway, but each yielded starkly different results.
The video gained traction on social platforms for the blatant display of racism toward the Black person. As one part of the experiment included grabbing onto a passerby in an attempt to see whether they would allow the physical interaction, more people were welcoming to the white “blind” man’s hand as opposed to the Black man’s, with one person pushing him away and scoffing at him.
Although it was a fake scenario that showcased how Black disabled people are subjected to hostility when engaging in casual settings, the systemic impact of these actions and feelings are not that unfathomable.
Disability discrimination affects people of color in and beyond the health care industry. To combat these issues, national studies, such as its impact on children by the California Health Report, have brought awareness, while advocates seek to uplift Black people who are mentally and/or physically disabled.
People with disabilities are at greater risk of disadvantage when they are mistreated due to their Blackness. The racial disparities surrounding disabled folks is not a new phenomenon, but one that must be considered in policies and general awareness of how people treat marginalized groups.
Source: Black Enterprise