Last night I paid a little visit to Enjoying the Small Things. I don’t usually read Kelle Hampton’s blog – it’s just not my cup of tea, as I’ve made no secret. And I know I swore a while back that I was finished writing about her, but, well, every once in while, a person just gets a hankering to put themselves out there for a public flaying by rabid mean-girl fans.
In all honesty, I wanted to know what Kelle has had to say about this whole Robert Ethan Saylor situation. Especially now that her favorite beneficiary, the NDSS, has met with the U.S. Department of Justice and seems to be sedately accepting the notion that Saylor died because he had Down syndrome, and not because he was the victim of police brutality. The NDSS, champion of people with Down syndrome, has decided not to push for an independent investigation of Robert Ethan Saylor’s death.
Saylor’s death and the subsequent findings by law enforcement and relevant national organizations has caused shockwaves in the Down syndrome community. Just about everyone is talking about it – we’re grieving for Saylor, we’re crying out in frustration, we’re shaking our fists at the injustice of it, and many of us are facing the grim reality that this is how the world continues to see our children – as throwaways. Incidental, inconsequential litter. We are calling for change, and for justice.
So, what does Kelle Hampton have to say about all this?
Not a thing.
Recent posts on her blog include the usual multitude of photos of herself and her kids, and lots of plugs for her sponsors, but not a goddamn word about Robert Ethan Saylor.
I don’t know why I’m surprised. Saylor’s death is an ugly reality. It’s haunting and gut-wrenching. Kelle is all about painting a pretty picture of life and of Down syndrome – and I commend her for that. But in the real world, Down syndrome isn’t all pretty. There are harsh realities that anyone who calls themselves advocates should be facing head on. Kelle Hampton has the biggest platform in the Down syndrome community. And yet, she has nothing to say about Robert Ethan Saylor’s death.
That could be Finn someday. That could be Nella.
So, say something, Kelle. Okay? You have a lot of influence. You have the ability to galvanize a whole lot of people to work towards meaningful change. Use your powers for good.