History of disability discrimination
We live in a world which consists of people with different abilities. But in history, only the fair white dudes had the privilege of living a happy life while disabled or differently able people had to suffer from great difficulties to survive. Due to the fact that some famous cities in the world those days treated the disables very poorly. It was very common for famous towns to treat disabled people like garbage back then. However, over the years, the history of disability discrimination cases have faded off, and positive attitudes towards disability have come to light. But it is very much important to learn from the past. In fact, learning the cultural perceptions of disabled people back then is really important. For example, you will be amazed how Southerners were treated when diagnosed with Hookworm Infection. In a similar manner, even the great nation of Greeks decided to sacrifice people for being ugly. Even though such negative cultural perceptions of disabled people has now faded off, We were able to find a few stories about how the famous cities mistreated the disabled people.
Ugly people in Greek
The physical appearance of perfection was a must in ancient Greek society. And if someone is not an ideal model of physical appearance they had to face great difficulties to survive. In fact, things didn’t go well for them. The thing even gets more worst when it comes to famines and plague. In eighth and fifth centuries BC, when there’s not enough food for everyone ancient Greeks, performed a barbaric ritual to the gods. The ceremony was known as “pharmakos.” During the ceremony, the ugliest people from each town was selected to a team. The ugly people team is then offered with the best food for a single dinner and then comes the beating. A mob of locals beats them and drive away from the city forever.
However trust me when I say this, they are the lucky ones. Just like every tradition pharmakos changes its rituals from location to location. In some towns, these ugly people were murdered in a ruthless manner. Most of them were stoned to death or burned by fire or volcanos. Nevertheless, this was only applicable to the poor ugly people while the rich once were exclusive from the ritual.
As time passes the ritual went more and more popular among Greek citizens, and it became an annual ritual in the country. Yet this was one of the most impoverished cultural perceptions of disabled in history.
How hookworm Infection is treated back then
Hookworm Infection is a disability caused by a parasitic worm called hookworm. Due to the disease, the victims will suffer from several pains like abdominal pain, tiredness, severe weight loss. For about 300 years the southern American religions like Texas and West Virginia was severely affect by this deadly disease. At the peak periods of the pandemic, nearly 40 percent of the whole southern population was affected and suffered from great disabilities. And so the stereotype of the “shiftless, lazy, good-for-nothing idiot” Southerner was born.
Using asylum Patients As Slaves
When it comes to the 1920’s in the US the people were far more civilized when compared to the early ages. At that time even the black people were given the freedom for enslaving. However, still, the black people were treated in an orderly low manner. Supposedly enslaving black ones created few extra problems for the wealthy families like Baltimore. They ran out of slave to work in there huge mansions and castles. In fact, even though the slaves are given the freedom, Baltimore had the need of owning people. As a result, they decided to use local asylum people as their personal housekeeping staff in a cruel manner. This again showed how the history of disability discrimination occurred in the US during the early 19’s
less positive attitudes towards disability
Until the late 1970’s there were some barbaric laws in major cities which had some less positive attitudes towards disability. In some specific locations, disabled people are not allowed to visit due to a hellish reason. Due to the abundant of disable people in those areas and their wired appearance caused a huge rise in local real estate prices.
In the late 1800s, some cities in the U.S. brought some laws for this which later became famous as ugly law. This was enacted to avoid the unpleasant sightings of ugly looking beggers from the streets of major cities. In 1881 Chicago introduced a bill declaring all deformed, disabled mutilated people as disgusting objects and should never appear in public. Later the law became so popular and even began to practice by few other cities like Omaha, Columbus, Cleveland, and Portland. If someone has broken this law, they will be fined or cruelly thrown into poor houses.