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In 1911 an influential publishing stated that A failure in the moral training of a cripple means the evolution of an individual detestable in character a menace and burden to the community who is only too apt to graduate into the mendicant and criminal classes This was a commonly held view that was practiced and misused against the mentally handicapped or disabled Through the early 20th century mistreatment was commonplace in society towards the disabled but also toward African Americans the elderly and women Even though time has changed the way society responds to each of these important parts of our world there is still a large gap between where we are now and how it should be Just because we have built a rickety rope bridge across the gap for now doesnt mean it wont eventually break leaving some to fall through the crack or others left on the other side By the above quote from 1911 there is a strong message the handicapped were unwanted and that they took on the role of a criminal all because of an inadequacy they did nothing to produce and could do nothing to deter just as women are born women African Americans are born black and the elderly age all without a conscious choice made by them Regardless of the choices they didnt make the elderly became an annoying pet because they could no longer work their jobs and they had no way of making money to support themselves The women were to stay at home and cook and had no relevancy to the rest of the worlds functioning The African Americans were treated like the trash that the white man threw out yesterday and the handicapped were test-dummies complete with a set of working organs and brains that feelings were connected to for research developments All of these classes of people were grouped together in a name-less and face-less way that allowed men and
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