Ignorance is not Bliss!!

Posted: February 23, 2009 in Uncategorized
A news report stated that the BBC had been inundated with complaints over a presenter that has been appearing on  CBBeebies. This presenter is called Cerrie Burnell, who is co-presenter on ‘Do and Discover’. The problem that parents have with her is the fact that Cerrie Burnell was born with one arm. This should not be a problem, but for some simple-minded parents they feel that their children would be “frightened” by the one-armed presenter.
I am saddened  that in a world where we fight for equal opportunities there are still so many people who feel that they need to protect their children from disabled people. Why are we trying to move forward in life to make everyone feel like an equal, when as soon as someone who is different appears on a public platform the world has such a negative opinion? Shouldn’t change be a good thing?
Growing up I would stay up late to watch programmes that featured people with disabilties and it always annoyed me because they were so educational or just great dramas. If Cerrie Burnell were a black/asian woman the complaints would have not occured? Parents are supposed to be raising children that will be more accepting of others, but with people still strugggling to accept those who are different then we will continue to live in a facist nation!
We fight for freedom to live, so why not fight for freedom to work? “British jobs for British people” the Prime Minister Gordan Brown was quoted as saying, but why not “jobs for people”? Disabled person – we need to forget the word ‘disability‘ and remember the word ‘person‘! A person has a right to live their dream, whatever it may be and Cerrie Burnell is helping to educate children, not corrupt them, so she should not be faced with bullying by ignorant parents!
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