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RE: The Difficulty of Talking About Accessibility for the *

From: Robert Neff <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 11:15:35 -0400
Message-ID: <01BDF051.79BBA600.rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
To: "'~dix~'" <dixx@earthlink.net>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
This also comes down to how perceptions have been taught over  the years. 
 I grew up in the sixties and seventies and am not comfortable talking 
about race matters in front of people of other races, because when I was in 
school, race was a violent and hot topic.  You also had to be careful 
speaking about race issues in front of other races and your own race, 
because you did not know how you would be perceived.

Todays generation doesn't blink when race is spoken.  We are victims of our 
another time.  Therefore, when I speak to someone, I know that one in ten 
there may have a severe difference of opinion.  There is nothing I can do 
about that ten percent.

I believe mainstream, mainstream, mainstream!  In order for me to be 
comfortable around you (race, color, orientation, PWD, and religion, etc.) 
then I need to be around you on a daily basis and see positive stereotypes 
on TV and in advertisements.  Mental conditioning starts early in life.

We need to see everyone as people! I do not mind being corrected, but be 
nice about it!

-----Original Message-----
From:	~dix~ [SMTP:dixx@earthlink.net]
Sent:	Saturday, October 03, 1998 4:47 PM
To:	David Poehlman; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject:	RE: The Difficulty of Talking About Accessibility for the *

On  3 Oct 98, @ 11:37,
David Poehlman shared:

> a rose by any other name...

its a nice quote, but i disagree. words *do* matter.

are  "deaf" "deaf mute" "deaf and dumb" all the same?
what about "black" "negro" "nigger" and "african american"--all the

or disabled? handicapped? gimp? defective? cripple?

i apologize, because i know several of these terms are offensive.but
that's the point.

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