Painting by Carina Lomeli
In the United States, more than 40 million Americans live with a disability. Comprising 25% of the adult population, the black community has the second highest prevalence (behind Native Americans) of individuals with disabilities across all racial categories. Despite the size of the disabled population and shocking reality that individuals with disabilities experience violent victimization at over twice the rate of individuals without disabilities, discussions about ableism and violence against people with disabilities are seldom at the forefront of mainstream social justice movements or media coverage about injustices in the US. Today, we hope to contribute to a much needed dialogue by interviewing Leroy F. Moore Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation, an organization geared toward raising awareness about the history, issues, talents, and rights of individuals with disabilities. During the conversation, we discuss the unique experiences of black individuals with disabilities (22:35), black disability issues during slavery (25:10), state violence and police brutality against black disabled bodies (27:40), and ableism and the erasure of black individuals with disabilities in the media (32:11). We also have a conversation about his work with Krip Hop Nation (33:58), how advocates and everyday people can bring awareness to disability issues (36:05), the appropriate language for discussing disabilities (39:58), and the financial realities of living with a disability (42:30).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne
04:27 - “Oh Lawd” News
16:47 - Introduction of the Topic
20:20 - Learn more about Leroy F. Moore, Jr.
30:00 - The Emmet Till Story
44:47 - Description of Leroy Moore’s song “SSI Dollars’
50:15 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview