I am just really mad right now. So, a couple days back, I overheard someone saying that theater people “probably all have an average of C-plusses.” When I heard that, I was really offended, and not just because I was doing theater.
Something that really ticks me off is when people make certain assumptions to different stereotypes and special education people, just like the example above. Another example is when people don’t think that special education people aren’t ordinary, meaning that they don’t have similar interests as everyone else. I also don't like it when people use other people's insecurities to bring them down-- calling people dumb, clueless, hopeless, fat, etc.
I have a lot of friends from different social groups. Some are gamers, some are athletes, some are trying to memorize and uncover the next number in pi. Honestly, if you remove the stereotype labels, then you can see that they do some similar stuff that people from other groups. Like one of my friends is a gamer, but he is in a lot of the gifted education classes and has really good grades.
Maybe some of theater people may not have smarts as something that they were granted with, but they have the acting skills down, for one. The cast in the play that I am have a huge abundance of different people; some like to sing, another is a cross-country skier, and a lot of them know how to do something that I don’t: playing chess. (I really, really want to learn how to play chess! I only know how to play checkers, mahjong, spider solitaire and mancala)!
And then there are special education people. I used to work with special education people because I volunteered to work with them during their gym class in sixth grade. They may be different, but they’re still people. I was able to talk and get along with some of the special education people because they’re interests—the girls, American girl dolls, while the boys loved Bakugan—were some of the things that I grew up with in my household.
That brings up another thing that bothers me: People can’t accept others for who they want to be. So please, please don’t let labels define and control people that you see, and don’t let them define and control you. Besides, you can just be more than one “label”: I am a nerd, orchadork and bookworm, and I am super proud of that.
Stay strong and wonderful!