I watched a black man get shot. In the back. In front of his children. End up paralyzed. And it’s fucking traumatizing.
I don’t need to treat Jacob Blake to know how he’ll be treated
Navigating a world and healthcare system designed to fail black men, especially black men with disabilities, is far more difficult than learning how to navigate curbs in a wheelchair
Blake won’t have the same chance for recovery. Spinal cord injury clinics and the medical equipment needed to sustain quality of life are too expensive, knowledgeable providers are too few and far between
Because his mechanism of injury has been made so public, so visual, so political, his medical team will have already prejudged his character. He’ll have to place his life in the hands of people who may or may not see him as a threat, AGAIN!!!
Being newly paralyzed is a already a physical and mental nightmare. As a therapist my heart breaks, as a black woman I could punch a wall , Because I know being paralyzed isn’t the only battle he’ll be fighting for the rest of his life
If you think it’s hard standing firm and trying to convince the world that your life matters, Imagine having to do it, seated in a wheelchair, when the entire world is already looking down on you