Karl Stelter
Jan 22, 2018 · 1 min read

Ever been in a social situation where you notice something, but aren’t sure what to do about it? Where you end up doing nothing, or something entirely awkward or unintentionally dense?

Mino Solomon, a Division 1 Collegiate football player, was paralyzed from the waist down in a weightlifting accident — and endured all kinds of responses to being in a chair. Normal, weird, rude, awkward…you name it.

Most people are just historically awkward during difficult times.

But this was something I wanted to explore: why is it that some people’s instinct is to see someone with a disability and panic?

Well — I say ‘panic’ strategically, because I believe the vast majority of us don’t mean to treat anyone differently: it’s simply that we don’t know what to do. What’s normal vs rude, helpful vs hurtful…which leads to a lot of poor responses and awkwardness.

I asked Mino his thoughts on this, which I’ll share with you directly:

Wise words from Mino Solomon

So next time you see someone different than yourself— just find a way to treat them just like everyone else, and respect what they say. See? Not so hard.

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Using film to ask unanswerable questions, I hope to unmask the Human Condition piece by piece — or at very least, dare to look into it’s eyes before blinking.

Karl Stelter

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Film Director. Writer. OverThinker. I ask life’s big questions, and believe we’re on a journey meant to be taken together. http://bit.ly/-SupportOurFilm

Film With Purpose

Using film to ask unanswerable questions, I hope to unmask the Human Condition piece by piece — or at very least, dare to look into it’s eyes before blinking.

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