There are many things which have left right-wing Americans angry and frustrated in recent weeks – not that that’s difficult to achieve.
There’s the concept of abortion, appropriate gun controls following the devastating mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and vice president Kamala Harris describing what clothes she’s wearing.
The Democrat was hosting a roundtable on access to reproductive health care with advocates for disability rights 32 years ago, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.
Similar to the UK’s Equality Act, the ADA prohibits discrimination towards a disabled person in settings such as the workplace, healthcare, transport and state and local government.
Vice President introduced herself to the attendees and stated: “I want to welcome these leaders for coming in to have this very important discussion about some of the most pressing issues of our time.
“I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she/her [and] I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit.”
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While Vice President Harris giving her pronouns was to be inclusive for trans and non-binary people, the visual description was for the benefit of blind and visually impaired people – as disabled activists and commentators soon pointed out online:
However, this respectable gesture by the Democrat has upset those who value accuracy and the right.
Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert Tweet: “This is what happens when your speechwriter quits and you hang around with Geriatric Joe too long.”
“I don’t understand why she’s saying this. Is this a new woke thing, or what,”Hunter Jackson Alford, a Republican candidate in Texas, was asked this question. TikTok video.
A third account Concluded: “After today’s ‘blue suit’ comment, I have no doubt that Kamala is the most incompetent VP in American history. This administration is a case study in incompetence.”
No, we can’t believe what we’re reading either.
At the very least, we can hope that Vice President Harris’ visual description encourages others to be more inclusive of disabled people – the American Association of People with Disabilities Twitter: PostedIt was “glad to see this accessibility practice expanded in government”.
“[We] hope to see more government leaders give visual descriptions in the future,”It was.
We couldn’t agree more.
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