Parents of a child born with a rare disease love their baby just as much as the parent who has a healthy child does. Those of us who have never had to raise a child with special needs have no idea what the struggles are like. Some of us take the health of our children for granted. Some of us realize how blessed they are. Of course, there are also people who have never had children and have no idea what it’s like to hold a piece of you in your arms.
The Rise and Stand team believes that every baby ever born is a perfect creation of God. We also believe God doesn’t make mistakes. Every person created was crafted as a masterpiece in his eyes. Yes, some of us might have disabilities, some of us might not feel as beautiful as others. Still, we believe God has a reason for everything. We are all meant to touch the lives of others in some sort of way. It’s our opinion that our rewards are in Heaven and not on Earth.
With that being said, it highly upsets us when we hear about people with disabilities, illnesses, or diseases getting bullied. It is awful for anyone to be bullied, much less for those who are already struggling.
Today, the team learned of a little baby who was attacked online for her looks and the family who is suffering from it. You can imagine our fury. Sadly, this isn’t the first time in just the last couple months we have had someone write us about the very same issue.
Just two months ago, Angie Rodgers the mother of Grace Anna, 4, showed us and told us how her little angel was the target of a cyber-bully. Angie is a member of Rise and Stand, her daughter Grace has a rare form of dwarfism known as Conradi Hunermann Syndrome. When Angie told me, I thought to myself, this is crazy! Who in their right mind would attack such a precious ball of inspiration and joy? After I saw the Facebook page set up to mock little Grace Anna, I realized, that this is exactly the problem. These people aren’t in their right mind.
I do not want to post a photo of the memes’ vicious attacks on precious Grace Anna. The Facebook profile was set up to look exactly like Grace Anna’s page. I am assuming the bully tried to copy the original page to fool viewers. However, the bully began posting what they thought were funny photos created to harass Grace and her family. The bully posted photos of Grace at the doctor’s office with text that said, “I got 99 problems and they’re all incurable” and “Hi everyone! I have anal cancer.”
If that is not horrifying enough to you, this next bit of news will frost your cookies! Facebook ignored all the reports about the page! They did not believe the page was impersonating and they did not agree the page was engaging in harassment. How is that even possible? The bully replicated Grace Anna’s page, they created hateful memes, and they left horrible insulting comments on Grace’s page. Despite all, Facebook saw no problem.
Little Mariah Anderson, 2, suffers from Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, which impairs her learning and motor skills. Just a few days ago was her second birthday. The child’s mother, Kyra Pringle, posted photos of her beautiful toddler celebrating her birthday on Facebook. The 2-year-old’s life expectancy is not long. Kyra soaks in every special moment she has with her daughter with nothing but joy.
Unfortunately, her pride and happiness was shattered just moments after her post. “I never thought in a million years that I would be sitting here trying to give Mariah’s story like this because of the negative.” Ms. Pringle said as she spoke to the news about what happened. Her sweet daughter’s photo was shared thousands of times and turned into memes. Some online trolls compared her to a monster, an alien, a leprechaun. In a short amount of time her precious baby’s photo went viral but not in a good way. Hundreds of people laughed at her daughter’s looks, jokes were made comparing her to scary beast. Grown adults were sharing and laughing!
“The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun, or the smile that you guys are comparing to all this disgusting thing like the things that you are saying about my child… she is not a monster. She is not fake. She’s real. She is here,” Mariah’s mom told news media.
“If you’re out there and you’re doing these things, and you think that it’s funny, it’s not funny,” said Linda Pringle, Mariah’s grandmother, “This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.”
How heartless and cold has humanity become? Why do people feel it is okay to make jokes at someone else’s expense? Once again, we think this all comes down to the way people are raised and the blur between right and wrong.
Common sense isn’t very common these days. People don’t seem to be able to think for themselves or take a moment to ask themselves if what they are about to do might be taking it took far. We watch comedians and entertainers down people for a laugh. We watch Hollywood post opinions about people’s looks, weight, clothes, actions, and anything else they can think of.
What you have to remember people is that most comedians and entertainers are given rights and/or permission to use those jokes. The ones that don’t usually end up with lawsuits.
As far as Hollywood media goes, the team of Rise and Stand does not stand by all the judgement or believe it’s anyone’s right to tear down another.
For those that share memes like the ones mentioned, for those who laugh at the expense of another, for those that think hurting someone innocent to make yourself look bigger, SHAME ON YOU.
For social media networks who receive the reports and ignore them. SHAME ON YOU. For people who see the harassment and abuse posted or shared of an innocent, SHAME ON YOU.
Come on people! It’s time we RISE and STAND. Reach. Inspire. Support. Empower.
R.I.S.E. & STAND Inc.