Sunday, September 09, 2007

Rogue Organ Donor Officials Murder Another Person of Color With Disabilities

I just found this blog posting about the recent murder of a person of color with disabilities down in California. All I can say is that it scares the hell out of me.

Diagnosis: Murder

Every time I turn on the television and some writer wants to get rid of a well-liked character, it seems like they simply have them get diagnosed as having cancer and kill them off that way. The worst was the job that the writers of "The L Word" did with the Dana Fairbanks character. Dana got cancer and she was dead before the end of the season. I stopped watching the series at that point. However, that's television.

What happened to Ruben Navarro is real life but that life was canceled, stomped out, terminated and it was all because society valued his organs more than his life. After all, what's the point in keeping a person with disabilities alive when, by killing them, we can make a tidy profit provide life-saving organs for rich needy people?

This man was tortured and killed. Yeah, I'm calling it torture. You don't have to be in abu ghraib or Gitmo in order to be tortured by Americans. Ruben's body sustained treatment that would kill almost anyone but he still didn't die. It wasn't until the next day that he died. They, the doctors and nurses at the hospital, killed this man.

And yeah, I'm convinced that being poor and Latino definitely made him more vulnerable to this sort of abuse.


Anonymous said...

it seems like this is happening more and more lately. i think this is where disability really intersects with other communities and why we need to work together better.

thank you so much for your words about the telethon, they were so comforting. i tried deleting the negative comments but they stuck with me and made it hard to blog for awhile. many thanks.

bint alshamsa said...

You hang in there girl! I'm going to stop on over and say a few more things on that thread.

Ktrion said...

Thank you for sharing this. You know that if his mother had been rich and white that Congress would have leapt into action on her behalf.

Anonymous said...

Wow funny yo should bring up the person of color thing. The surgeon is an Iranian American is that NOT a person of color? Leave race and classicism out of it you will actually gain credibility.

bint alshamsa said...


Is there some reason why you think I'd care if some anonymous person on the internet thinks I'm credible? Nothing in your comment shows that the murdered person wasn't a person of color, so talking about the ethnic background of the surgeon doesn't affect how the victim's race/ethnicity and status as a person with disabilities made them more vulnerable to this sort of victimization.