This is such a huge gift to the community I wanted to share it and say thank you. The symbolism of the flag is beautiful and I want to use Anne’s words so I’m going to quote them below, again taken from her website.
1) The black field: Black has three significant meanings:
First: the color of mourning for all those disabled people who have been murdered in the name of “mercy.”
Second: the color of the pirates’ “Jolly Roger” flag, representing our determination to steal our lives back from those public (and private) ‘authorities,’ who use their power in an attempt keep us marginalized.
Third: A reference to the Nazi Black Triangle badge, which was used to identify those whom the Nazis considered “antisocial“ and which has been adopted in Britain to protest the government’s austerity measures against the Disabled.
2) The “Lightning Bolt” motif:
Diagonal lines have been traditionally used in the flags of former colonies, to represent breaking free from colonial powers (empire nations tend to have flags dominated by horizontal and vertical lines). And Disabled people’s lives have long been ‘colonized’ by the medical, religious, and educational establishments.
The zigzag shape represents how the Disabled people must continually navigate around the structural and attitudinal barriers erected throughout normate society, and also the creative, ‘lateral,’ thinking we have to use to solve problems each day.
3) The individual colors represent broad categories of disabilities:
Blue: mental illness disabilities
Yellow: Cognitive and intellectual disabilities
Green: Sensory perception disabilities
Red: Physical disabilities”.
I’m going to post later on in the month about the importance of disability pride month but in the meantime I would encourage you to look at the hashtag on social media, the biggest thing you can do as an ally is research!
This is a very short read but is backed up by scripture.
We all judge each other and jump to conclusions before we know the whole story.
We are all also judging each other about our interpretations of COVID-19 rules in a really unhealthy way.
Worse still people are being murdered because of the colour of there skin – the worst judgment of all that black lives are worth less. Due to racial stereotypes and judgements on others based purely on appearance and skin tone.
Lord God, help us to not judge others purely based on appearance. Help us to see people as You see people and to meet those around us in love, compassion and kindness.
Lord God I pray for all those being persecuted, harmed and killed by racism. I pray you would set people free and I pray for all those seeking justice. I pray lord that you would help us see how we are the same instead of how we are different.
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