Lolo Jones and the Disabled Community(Black)

Updated: October 8, 2012

Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, C.A. (BASN)—Ms. Jones is a student of the new internet world. Ms Jones should know to take the time to do research before making anything public. Ms. Jones did not do so and now she is paying the consequences.

This is just another form of Black on Black crime, another form of telling Black Disabled Americans they don’t count. My fellow Black Disabled writer, poet, Hip Hop artist or as he describes it, Crip Hop artist Leroy Moore Jr. from Berkeley, California makes it clear. Our culture (Black) needs to take the time to understand the disabled community.. Black Disabled Americans find it frustrating..
We love down home cooking; we love good love songs and a beautiful woman or handsome man. These are human traits and yes there are also gangster disabled folk, let’s get that straight.
Moore states “We (Black disabled) are on the outskirts of American Society”
What Leroy means is that:-
 Black people don’t like us because we are disabled
White people don’t like us because we are Black
We are strangers in our own land and are in no-man’s land and it’s a challenge
Why because we don’t have political, social, and economic power. Not even in our own disabled community.
As America moves into the second week of October (which is National Disability Month). Ms Jones needs an education in African American Disabled History.
Sister Harriet Tubman is the mother of the Black Disabled Movement. She freed many Blacks from the yoke of Slavery through the Underground Railroad and would have freed more if they knew they were in bondage. There is a rich history of Disabled African Americans that we just don’t know about for example Wilma Rudolph running in the 1960 Olympics, Curtis John Pride the deaf baseball player for the Atlanta Braves, Willie O’Ree Hockey player for the Boston Bruins, and Roy Campanella, baseball coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers Singers Robert Winters, Teddy Pendergrass, Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder and the new Krip Hop artist from the West Coast,
The former governor of New York State, David Patterson made the senate chambers accessible to all disabled citizens of New York. Even in Television the ground was broken with “Becker” having a Black disabled character in their cast. Handi-Man from the hit show, “In Living Color”, was the first Black hero with Cerebral Palsy.
Authors Rosemarie Garland Thompson and Robert Bogdan reported on the high population of Disabled Blacks in circus freak show acts because those were the only jobs available at the time. Our First President of the United States, George Washington had a Black disabled nurse named Joiye Heath;we cannot forget the first Black Opera called “Porgy and Bess”, based on DeBow Heyward’s novel about a disabled beggar, Samual Smalls of Charleston, South Carolina. Smalls falls in love with a local woman and the story is told.
Cuba Gooding portrayed a Naval officer who became the first Black disabled deep sea diver in the movie “Men of Honor”.
This is the Article published October 4, 2012 by Sporting News “Revered for his inspirational attitude since becoming paralyzed playing football for Rutgers University in 2010, Eric LeGrand has taken the high road in a Twitter controversy.
LeGrand jokingly challenged United States Olympic sprinter Lolo Jones, who finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Games, to a foot race via Twitter on Tuesday October 2, 2012.
Eric LeGrand was a defensive tackle for Rutgers when he was paralyzed in a game. Obviously Jones didn’t know LeGrand was confined to a wheel chair, or that he had suffered a spinal injury, when she tweeted back: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, u’ve been hit in the head… Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.” After someone else informed Jones LeGrand is “a quadriplegic now,” her reaction was mixed: “No, dnt know. Sry dont know every football player. He challenged me 2 a race & I responded.” She later added: “Great I’m gonna get murdered for that tweet. When I had no clue who that dude was. Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”
 Jones took heat for her comments, but not from LeGrand.
He tweeted to Jones: “didnt take it personal,understand where ur coming from.All good.”
“Thx,” she responded. “Getting trashed by tons of ppl glad ur not one of em” LeGrand, 21, resumed his studies just a few months after becoming paralyzed; he took classes via Skype. The former defensive tackle released a book last week, and received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY’s in July. He is on a career path to become a sports broadcaster”.
As my fellow BASN writer, Eric D. Graham states in his column “You Gotta Lotta ‘Splainin To Do” Jolo Jones.
Maybe Ms. Jones should take a trip to Central Jersey and meet Mr. LeGrand, or a trip to the Bay Area to meet people in the disabled community, home of the movement for complete access in America .
Thanks to the Sporting News, Leroy Moore Jr.- Poor Magazine, Crip Hop Artist, Writer and poet. Want to know more about Black Disabled Americans check out
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