Do you think this is funny?
How about this?
If so, then you have been fooled by the disability hate propaganda that has been washing around the mass media for the past few years.
You may be one of the people who, polled by the TUC in 2013, think 41 per cent of the entire welfare budget goes on benefits to unemployed people, when the true figure is just three per cent.
You may even be among those who think 27 per cent of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently; the government’s own figure is 0.7 per cent.
If you agree with any of the above, then you would probably enjoy seeing the T-shirt (top) and car bumper sticker (beneath), for sale on eBay – and may even consider buying them.
It isn’t a funny joke.
It is a hate crime.
It’s the kind of comment that makes people think that objectifying the disabled – demonising them – is okay.
From there, you don’t have to go far to believe it’s okay to verbally abuse or physically attack the disabled.
You wouldn’t be the first if you did.
You would also be a criminal.
The sight of these items being sold on the popular auction site has incensed campaigners for the disabled and disability rights. They have complained bitterly to eBay, calling for the removal of the offending items.
At the time of writing, eBay has not complied.
The company’s offensive material policy bans items that “promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views” – which means that, if enough of us complain, these items should be taken down. You just visit the listings – HERE and HERE – click the ‘Report Item’ button on the right-hand side of the page, and state your case.
The more people complain, the sooner we can stamp out this prejudice – and stamp on the hatemongers.
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