[nfbwatlk] Fw: [Nfbc-info] FW: Fort Worth reporter comments ondiscrimination fromher perspective.

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Wed Dec 17 00:03:10 CST 2008


Hi,
Liz Campbell grew up in Nebraska.  I knew her when she was six years old. 
Wow!
Thanks
Lauren
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ondiscrimination fromher perspective.


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> Subject: [Nfbc-info] FW: Fort Worth reporter comments on discrimination
> fromher perspective.
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> Subject: Fort Worth reporter comments on discrimination from her
> perspective.
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> From Fort Worth:
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>
> Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008
> Posted on Mon, Dec. 15, 2008
>
> First person: "I am glad the Star-Telegram chose to ignore negative
> stereotypes when I was hired"
>
> Elizabeth Campbell
> HYPERLINK "mailto:liz%40star-telegram.com"liz at star-telegram.-com
> Editor's note: Elizabeth Campbell has been a reporter at the
> "Star-Telegram"
> since 1984. She covers government affairs, focusing on Parker and
> Johnson
> counties,
> as well as surrounding cities. She is president of the National
> Federation
> of the Blind chapter in Fort Worth and has founded a group for blind
> journalists
> throughout the world. She works with a Seeing Eye dog, Gabe.
>
> This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" skit portraying New York Gov. David
> Paterson, who is legally blind, as an incompetent, bumbling idiot is an
> unfair,
> condescending slap in the face to the disabled in the United States.
>
> The skit comes on the heels of the movie, “Blindness," which is based on
> a
> novel that depicts blind people as demented, cruel thugs when a
> mysterious
> disease
> strikes a city.
>
> These depictions bring forth stereotypes that blind people have battled
> for
> years.
>
> Is it fair to poke fun at people who face an unemployment rate of 70
> percent
> or higher, and a high poverty rate at a time when our economy is in dire
> straights?
>
> Is it fair to make fun of a governor who was thrust into a difficult
> job,
> and who now must make the difficult choice of whom he will appoint to
> fill
> Sen.
> Hillary Clinton's seat, just because he is blind?
>
> I consider myself to be very fortunate because I was given a chance to
> demonstrate that I can work alongside my sighted colleagues as a
> newspaper
> reporter.
>
> I am glad the "Star-Telegram" chose to ignore negative stereotypes and
> images when I was hired.
>
> Is it fair that the blind and disabled may not be given a chance to
> prove
> what we can do because people get their information from a late-night TV
> show
> or films that reach a wide audience?
>
> At a time when President-elect Barack Obama is reaching out to include
> the
> disabled in policy-making and planning for his new administration, let's
> not
> get sidetracked by petty, mean-spirited depictions that serve no
> purpose.
>
> Everyone deserves a chance for success.
>
> Star-Telegram.-com
>
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