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You Are Your Disabled Brother’s Keeper, Too, Sometimes Even More So

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by Treadmarkz

Well, unfortunately the appalling case of Brian Sterner did not teach us anything about how to treat each other, especially those who need their fellow man most to look after them.

Click HERE to read the story of Ed Rivera, a man with cerebral palsy, who has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, who was left on a bus in freezing temperatures over night. What’s worse, the driver admitted to knowing that she was leaving him there! Now who’s got the mental capacity of a two-year-old?

But hey, she left him there so she would not be late for church. Hmm. You know, this reminds me of something I recently read in a book about meditation. In a chapter which focused on religious meditation, the author discussed the relation between faith/prayer and good works/deeds. I forget the wording exactly but the point was that if one is deeply engrossed in meditating on God, and during this meditation he is disturbed by the sound of a fellow man in need of help, he stops the meditation and helps the man.

Just a little tip for the bus driver.

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Treadmarkz’s Sociological Study: Brian Sterner vs. Adam Bender

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by Treadmarkz

In just the past four days more people have visited treadmarkz.wordpress.com to read about Adam Bender, the one-legged little league catcher, than those who have visited to read about Brian Sterner, the quadriplegic who you will remember was tossed out of his chair by an arresting officer back in February. That story continues to get hits, and until today was the biggest story in the history of treadmarkz.wordpress.com.

This just goes to show that people do like happy news, and prefer a story about a success and (I hate this phrase) a triumph over adversity, to a story about a person who has been victimized. It’s funny though because even my story about Allen Keita did not get this much publicity and that was awesome what he did!
I guess it is because the sun is out and things are looking up.

Happy Summer, and enjoy your visit to Treadmarkz.wordpress.com!!!

In Defense of the Orient Road Jail Staff

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by Treadmarkz

Boy they sure are coming out of the woodworks to cry foul aren’t they? This video is proof, in my eyes, that some people deserve to be thrown out of their wheelchairs. If this guy, Benjamin Rayburn, were on two legs and he pulled this crap, he’d be laid out, flat on his stomach with his hands pinned behind his back, and he would deserve it. So why should he expect any different? I am in a wheelchair, and I think if I were throwing things at the officers, like this crack-pipe wielding Brian Sterner wanna-be, I could expect to be put on the ground.

PS: Notice all the jailers are white just like Rayburn?

PPS: How the hell do people get crack-cocaine in jail anyway?

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March 5, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Is Brian Sterner the King Crip of the Blogosphere?

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by Treadmarkz

I believe I have a natural kinship with all disabled people. I often find myself exchanging a knowing glance with people as our wheelchairs cross paths, and I know that if I connect with that person, I have had experiences that they have also had, and that we are going to be able to establish meaningful common ground because of our shared experiences. When I saw Brian Sterner being dumped out of his chair by police officers, on the Today Show, it pissed me off to no end.
I think that the answer to the question I posed in the title of this posting will be obvious in the number of hits I get on this one. I am not trying to be a keyword whore, luring in readership simply by using Sterner’s name. But I started this blog around the first of the year. Tonight I was taking stock of how my blog is going so far, and I noticed something. Right around Feb. 14 when Sterner’s story first came out, I wrote three stories about it, and they are already my top three all-time in terms of hits. My #4 most-read post has the words “disabled” and “discriminated” in the title. Number 5 happens to be the title of a popular song from the 80’s, which I imagine gets it some accidental hits, and #6 has the words “victim” and “disabled” the title.
In this blog, I have offered advice on everything from taxes, social interaction, recreation several times, self-consciousness, and basic health, as well as my observations on Medical Assistance, the ADA, etc., stories which meant a lot to me when I wrote them, yet every day, even now, my Brian Sterner stories are often far and away the ones with the most readership here at treadmarkz.wordpress.com. Why? Because Sterner is the first disabled person, certainly the first person in a wheelchair, since Christopher Reeve to be the center of a major news story, and even in minor stories, the role of the disabled person is usually that of the discriminee, if that is a word. A lot of disabled people spend a lot of time talking and blogging about what horrible things able-bodied people have said and done to them. We all need to vent from time to time and it is certainly natural for there to be anger in the disabled community over things like the Brian Sterner case. But disabled people are making some real, tangible noise in this world. I will grant you that I have written more than a few light-weight stories about wheelchair sports and entertainers, and I will grant you that I, myself, wish I had more accomplishment to speak of. I also know that disabled people, on the whole, have a lot to give, and I want to make damn sure we all let it be known.

NOTE: I would love it if a disabled person were recognized for some accomplishment, in a news story, but with no mention of them being disabled, or only in passing. I have considered that possibility. I just know that the media could not resist making the disability one of the key components of the story. That is another reason why I feel I haven’t missed anything, and what I am saying is true.

Heroes and Victims in the Disabled Community

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by Treadmarkz

All of this talk about Brian Sterner being victimized by a physically able deputy, and my early posting regarding Christopher Reeve, got me thinking. We all know it is unhealthy to look upon someone as a hero just because they are disabled and manage to live their lives. But is it also unhealthy if we too quickly stamp the victim label on the disabled? Sure Brian Sterner had a terrible thing happen to him in this one instance, but are we missing out on the broad range of accomplishments of an entire class of people by thinking “victim” automatically. For instance, Brian Sterner is an advocate for disabled people’s rights. He has been for years. That should count for something. Advocate for rights, not just a victim whose rights were violated.

Here is a great article I found on the subject that illustrates what I mean.

Second Orient Road Jail Video Deflates the “Disabled Rodney King” Argument

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A new video has surfaced in the past day showing that rough treatment is not so rare at Orient Road Jail, the same jail where quadriplegic Brian Sterner was caught on camera being dumped out of his chair by officers. Not only does it show that its not a rare occurance, but it shows that it knows no boundaries of race or ability. The video shows Marcella Pourmoghani, who is in no way disabled, being grabbed by the hair and tossed to the ground, and being beaten by a black officer while held down by three white officers. This video is no less deplorable than the Sterner video, in fact it may be more so. Pourmoghani said she spoke up about it after hearing what happened to Brian Sterner. This video tells the rest of the story. Please excuse the ad before the video, but you must see this to know what is really going on! Police are given the right to use force when necessary. But does it look necessary from what we see here? Granted we don’t have the whole story.

It is easy to imagine that a person is being victimized because he or she is in a wheelchair, and it is easy to imagine that one person hates and victimizes another because of their race, but that is not always the case.

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February 19, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Brian Sterner Deputy Turns Herself In

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by Treadmarkz

The officer who was seen on tape earlier this week tipping quadriplegic Brian Sterner out of his wheelchair onto the floor while booking him, turned herself in today. But one question remains for all of you who insist on comparing this case to Rodney King and the ensuing O.J. Simpson (wow, second time I’ve mentioned his name today) fallout. Sterner was not hit, so will they acquit?
Charlotte Marshall-Jones gave herself up, at the same station where the controversial survaillance tape was recorded, the same station where she is currently a suspended employee awaiting further decision. Though Marshall-Jones is now out on bail, it cost her $3,500 and she was slapped with a felony abuse charge.

She was booked without incident, you’ll all be happy to know.

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February 16, 2008 at 11:06 PM