Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The blind jokes have to stop


I have been asked this many many times so I feel I have to address it. Why am I so offended by SNL's portrayal of me and my disability?

The answer is simple. I am not personally offended by these attacks, but I feel it is very disrespectful to the disabled. I cannot sit idly by and watch as an entire group of folks get disrespected. It is a form of pointing fingers, laughing and jeering at one another, and does not show the proper respect to the blind community. I cannot stand for it. Simply stated, it is immoral and wrong.

It is what I have stood for. And what I am always standing for as governor. To embrace, rather than mock, what makes us, as individuals, different.

Governor Paterson, Standing For Equality:

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