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Rebecca Cokley @RebeccaCokley
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Dwarf-Tossing is a #hatecrime. I've had people stop me on the street & try to pick me up, threaten "tossing the midget" if I didn't smile/laugh at their hate speech or pose for a photo they're taking AGAINST my consent. @maziehirono pls ask her about this.…
I realize a lot of folks don't realize what I experience on a daily basis. There is NOWHERE I go that I'm not constantly attune to my safety needs as a little person #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
When I worked at the White House, Secret Service were amazing at making sure people didn't grab me, take photos of me against my consent, or harass me when walking on Pennsylvania Avenue. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
When I worked retail, AS A MANAGER, a pair of customers literally said, "We could pick you up and walk out of here with you and no one would do anything." #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
Many non-disabled people do not treat people with dwarfism like people. They treat us like objects for YOUR amusement. Walking in Adams Morgan with friends I get yelled at, and when I didn't respond, they grabbed me and made a dwarf tossing threat. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
Thankfully my friends put a stop to that real quick, but a majority of you have NO idea what it's like to constantly have to be evaluating your safety in public, where can you hide, how to escape if a crowd turns bad, who is most likely to protect you. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
I hear some of you say Dwarf Tossing is a choice, but it's not when our bodies are more delicate than yours, our spines more compressed, our respiratory systems more compromised. A plastic bubble doesn't protect you from paralysis. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
And if it's legal in a bar, it spreads into the street. Let us remember Martin Henderson who Peter Dinklage referenced at an awards show.… #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
Supporting DwarfTossing is like supporting people who start homeless fight clubs--you must let us have our dignity at the expense of your entertainment. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
And because of the rampant ableism we face in school, work, life, I will mute/block ANY of you who say people choose to be tossed. Poverty is not a choice. #DwarfTossingIsAHateCrime
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