The widespread sympathy displayed for attempted murderer K. Stapleton exemplifies a disturbing trend implying that it is "understandable" when disabled people are harmed or even killed by caregivers. It has been stated that "anyone can be K. Stapleton" and that people shouldn't "judge her unless you've walked in her shoes." We are united in our opposition of this rhetoric; disabled lives DO matter. We affirm that #IAmNotKelliStapleton and implore you to #WalkInIssysShoes
Saturday, October 11, 2014
by Yes, That Too
Warning for mentions of attempted ableist murder.
Isabelle Stapleton survived a murder attempt by her mother. You would think it'd be clear that she is the
Isabelle is autistic.
This means people view her mother as the victim, as the person to have sympathy for, as the person
whose shoes we should walk in, according to that old metaphorical statement. This means people
expect us not to judge, because... apparently "Don't try to kill your kids" is an unreasonable bar to set?