I’m just joking!

by Tanya Titchkosky

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Hey.  Slow down.  Whoa.  I was only joking.

Joking! Of course, you're joking.  Of course, you don’t mean to blame the pandemic on disabled people…   You're right, yes, it’s just a turn of phrase, it’s just a joke.  No. No. Of course, you're not saying that racists and bigots are really intellectually impaired and otherwise disabled, crazy, idiots, imbecilic, the lower 5% of your graduating class. 

Yes, I know a joke when I hear it; yes, who am I to think otherwise.

But you’re woke enough to wonder about this, no?

Tanya Titchkosky is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada.

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