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No Issue

You say that it’s not relatable,

That it’s no longer an issue,

Just because you don’t see it.

You write songs about love,

About the boy who doesn’t look at you during math,

While we write songs about being beaten in the streets,

About not getting that big promotion we’ve been working for

Because you got it instead,

You write about wizards, and a mid-life crisis;

We’re still writing about the years of poverty, lack of schooling,

In fact the poor schooling because we’re not good enough for your best teaching.

You give us detentions for our haircuts,

A stop and search for our attire.

I ask a question –

You call it an attitude problem.

 

But you tell me to my face that there’s no issue,

That it’s all in my mind – just a chip on my shoulder,

And I’m constantly apologising for sins not even my own.

But it’s not something you’ll ever understand.

 

Which is why it’s no longer an issue,

Because it never was for you.

Author:

I’m Cece Alexandra and I have Epilepsy. Since being diagnosed, my life has changed significantly. After studying and teaching Humanities and Literature for all of my adult life, I was bullied and lost my job a month before qualifying to become an English Teacher. Once you fail the Teacher Training course in England, you cannot ever retrain; I then became too sick to work because of my Epilepsy. I am now currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Psychology with the University of Liverpool. My disability provokes me into raising awareness for invisible disabilities, which I also actively partake in with Epilepsy Action. Part of that awareness is to help fight against invisible disability discrimination - I believe that this behaviour is not cognitively unconscious; modern society is actively partaking in a hierarchy of disabilities and I believe that there is not enough psychological research to prove this. I am also clinically interested in Cultural Psychology - particularly Collectivist Culture, and wish to pursue this further in my academic career.

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