America in 2020. People using forged (and mis-spelled) cards from a fictitious organisation to misrepresent legislation intended to protect disabled people so they can avoid showing a basic amount of courtesy to help protect others during a pandemic.
Not only is this bullshit ableist as hell, it would literally be easier just for these people to put a damn mask on their faces.
If you're in the US and someone hands you one of these, cut it in two and throw it in the trash.
@InvaderXan It's the same kind of people who are walking around with semi-automatic rifles because *they're American* (in mastodon's lack of italics), too. I can't imagine being so terrified of daily life that you need to carry around a weapon capable of mowing down a crowd of people, and at the same time being so afraid of wearing a mask.
This country needs a reckoning.
@LexYeen An interesting name for it. Apt too. These people really do put themselves before anyone or anything else.
@InvaderXan "How dare you ask me to consider other people!" is a shockingly common American attitude, and I personally think it can trace its origins back to the myth of American exceptionalism.
When you're told stories from birth about how you're growing up in the Greatest Country Ever and you can Do Anything You Want, Even Be President If You're Good Enough, there's a whole bunch of very gnarly ideological failure states.
And we're seeing them all come out to play during this pandemic.
@LexYeen Ugh. Yeah. All part of the "fuck you, I've got mine" attitude. It's prevalent in the US, but pretty common among rightwing types elsewhere too, especially in Europe.
Honestly, the difference between the individualist culture in western countries and the collectivist cultures you find elsewhere is one of the reasons why I love East Asia so much.
We have no safety net
No real worker protections (because even if your boss violates it you cannot afford to sue them)
It is the perfect breeding ground for "if no one cares about me, why should I care about anyone else?"
@LexYeen @InvaderXan "Toxic individuality" is a really good way to put it! I was just discussing this exact individual/collective thinking difference with a friend; we were both wondering how much Confucian teachings have influenced this thinking. And that definitions of family also differ across cultures - USian seems to be nuclear, while other cultures (incl Native American) take a wider view.
@bouncinglime @LexYeen Oh, interesting. Yes, I do wonder what cultural influences caused these things. Western culture has aggressively taken over the world, but it's so different to many other cultures.
I don't know so much about definitions of family across different cultures, but I'd imagine the variation must be considerable!
@InvaderXan @LexYeen "What do you mean I should consider the health and well-being of others? I never had to do that before! Why should I care? If someone is at a higher risk, they should wear the masks. I won't."
Mashup of stuff I've heard. I get not wanting to be told what to do, but seriously - draw a line where it can literally mean grievous bodily harm or even death for someone else because you dislike a minor inconvenience... Just try not being a garbage human being or something 😕
@InvaderXan *sarcastic voice* But Xan, don’t you know masks can *kill* people? It’s so hard to breath in those!
@InvaderXan "posses" isn't a misspelling, it's a subliminal warning that their posse is coming after you 😱
Americans with Disability Act is a little-known subset of the Americans with Disabilities Act that applies to Americans with exactly one (1) disability, and it's the same disability for all of them but no one knows what it is. Trust me on this, I'm a lawyer 🧐
(Unfortunately they aren't immune to mistakes in their publications themselves, as the ada.gov link in that post links to a local document on the Windows computer of whoever wrote it... Seriously, does no-one proofread official publications anymore?)
(After way longer than I'd like to spend looking for a contact form, I have notified them of this mistake through the DoJ website, which fortunately didn't require any personal information. So, if the broken link is no longer there, it means they've listened to feedback😅)
@InvaderXan blood boiling. Anyone doing this who does not have an actual ADA issue is an awful person. This also makes the ADA more open to attack by those who already hate it by pointing out this abuse.
@InvaderXan you don't have to disclose what your disability is, but you can be required to explain what purpose your special accommodation serves. you don't have to say "I'm blind" but you might have to say "this dog helps me navigate in your store." shop keepers can and should put people on the spot to explain what's the god damn point of not wearing a mask!
@InvaderXan Website does exist atm. Text from screenshot only partially captioned, as it was too long. Amusing excerpt from the missing part:
"Your medical condition is called BREATHING. If you are a living human you need to breathe oxygen 24/7. Please let any doctor or lawyer argue that point. Don't let anyone intimidate, bully or discriminate you for your birth and God's given right to breathe freely. If others prefer to wear a mask and threaten their health they have the choice to do so. "
@InvaderXan And, under the ADA, they ARE required to disclose the disability to you in order for you to make a reasonable accommodation. And besides, wearing a mask is a reasonable accommodation. The only people who cannot wear a mask for ADA reasons would be people missing one or both ears, having a hardship in finding an around-the-head mask :)
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