Resisting Ableism in Trump’s America

A Review of Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People, edited by Alice Wong

The night that 63 million Americans elected Donald Trump to be U.S. president—despite mocking Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Serge Kovaleski, calling deaf actress Marlee Matlin “retarded,” and his long history of violating the Americans with Disabilities—produced feelings of fear and dread in disability activist Alice Wong.

As she explains in her introduction to Resistance in Hope: Essays by Disabled People, Alice was searching for signs of hope when she asked herself: “What can disabled people share with the world during this time of uncertainty and unrest?” The sixteen essays she solicited from multiply marginalized disabled individuals living and working in various conditions around the country offer a radically hopeful response. Read the rest of the review at The Deaf Poets Society.