This month I've decided to do the "Do Blind People Think The Same?" tag. It's a tag that originated from Jubilee's "Do All Blind People Think The Same?" video, with blind content creators Alisha B, James Rath, Lucy Edwards, Molly Burke, Christine Ha and Mario Bonds. It's part of their spectrum series where they have a range of people from the same community answer questions and share their experiences. After the video was released, Cayla with a C created a Blind YouTuber tag about this, more blind and visually impaired creators answered the questions themselves and created a tag within the blind community. Sight loss is a spectrum, so people would have different experiences and viewpoints to the questions. I wasn't tagged, but I wanted to answer the questions anyway and give my two sense. Here's the video which started it all:
1. Has being blind enhanced your senses?
2. Do blind people prefer to date other blind people?
3. Are blind people less shallow about romantic partners?
4. Does unsolicited help make things harder?
5. Is the city you live in easily accessible for you?
6. Are you offended when "blind" is used as one of your descriptive characteristics?
8. Have you experienced discrimination?
According to Google discrimination is defined as "the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, sex, or disability". I'm a disabled Muslim Woman from an ethnic minority background. So for me, this is quite a loaded question because there's a lot of intersectionality between the ways I could be discriminated. By that I mean, my race, religion, gender, class and disability are all interconnected. So I could be discriminated against because of either my gender, my race, my religion, or my disability. Thankfully I've not been in situations where I can directly tell someone is behaving like that towards me and continue living my life. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that, where I live it's not done verbally. Instead it's more subtle visual signs that it's happening, which I can't see. Now would be a good time to mention that being discriminated against because of your disability, isn't the same as being discriminated against because of your race, gender, sexuality or religion. The experience can probably help you empathise with other types of discrimination, but one doesn't equate to the other. Just to add to that, being blind doesn't mean you aren't exempt from discriminating against people yourself. Not being able to see doesn't automatically make you a none-racist individual. People can still be racist, ageist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic etc even if they have a disability because of the cultural and social attitudes they developed whilst growing up, where they live and the people around them. Even people from ethnic minority background can be racist towards other people from ethnic minority backgrounds!
9. If you could regain your sight with a cure, would you want to?
- Sassy Wyatt
- Cayla with a C
- JC5 Productions
- Casey Greer
- Josh Boykin
- Seeing Blind
- Poodle Eyes
- Unsightly Opinions
- Bama Blind
- On The Fritz
- Amanda Gene
- Joy Hu
- Blind Press
- Gabby Mendonca
- Visually Victoria
- Visually Impaired's Fashion and Lifestyle
- Blind Man Walking
- Alyssa Jean Hicks
- P.S. I'm Blind Gaming
- Allie's Insights
- Yary's and Drea's Adventures
- Emily's Journey with Blindness