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Radio (Disability Rights)

Radio (Disability Rights)


The dramatic film Radio depicts the true story
of a South Carolina town’s initial reluctant embrace of a mentally challenged African
American teenager in the year 1964. “James is a good boy, Coach. He got his self a good heart. Most folks just don’t take the time to see
it, is all.” “I just want to help you.” “I’m just going to cut the tape off you. You gotta hold still, you gotta hold still. Look at me, hold still, I’m not gonna hurt
you. Hold still, I don’t want to cut you. It’s all right. Calm down a little bit. It’s okay. I got it.” After witnessing several football players
beat and mistreat the young man known as Radio, their high school coach intervenes and invites
Radio to help out the team. “What’s he doing?” “Oops.” “Careful.” “Sorry.” “You got yourself a distraction that needs
dealing with.” “A distraction?” Racial prejudice and an unwillingness to accommodate
the disabled brought many in the community to view Radio as a worthless liability and
needless distraction. “None of us has any experience with having
a severely retarded man-” Members of the school board don’t believe Radio can fit in with
other students, and urge the coach to stop trying to integrate him into the community. “This school is the reason he’s doing as well
as he’s doing.” “But, to keep him in a school setting-” “You
take him out of this school, you might as well just take his life from him.” “I have compiled a list of outside care agencies-”
“Oh, I’ll bet you have.” “We got ourselves a young man we’re not thinking
about.” But the coach helps them see past Radio’s
disability and recognize the young man’s selfless heart, sense of responsibility, and willingness
to forgive those who hurt him the most. “I know some of you don’t know or don’t care
about all that Radio’s learned over these past few months, but truth is, we’re not the
ones been teaching Radio. Radio’s the one been teaching us. The way he treats us all the time is the way
we wish we treated each other even part of the time.” Human rights are universal, and everyone should
be treated with respect and dignity. Government leaders have a special responsibility
to ensure that the disabled aren’t cast aside, but are helped to become valued contributors
to their community. “Way to go Radio, all right!” “He has decided to return this coming fall
as an 11th grade student at Hanna, where he will be welcomed for as many such years
as he so chooses.

12 comments on “Radio (Disability Rights)

  1. i really don't get why people hate this movie, this was a wonderful movie, those who hate it have no heart, that's for sure

  2. When I watch Ed this movie it changed the way I looked at the world also made me cry when he became a coach at the end

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