This is a very pretty and hyper viral (4 million views) PSA of UK mothers and their kids with Down syndrome. It’s cute. It was well crafted for virality. But there’s one big problem ….
… all of the kids present as white.
I don’t know the racial demographics of Down syndrome in the UK (anyone have those). The UK is about 80% “white.” Down syndrome appears in all ethnicities, so it’s likely that at least 20% of the people with Down syndrome in the UK are not white. These mums all met online, so what we have here is an example of racial stratification in the UK Down syndrome community. That’s true in the US, too, of course, where white parents dominate the fundraising and messaging around Down syndrome. It’s made the global image of Down syndrome into a cute while child. That’s just got to change.
The stakes, in fact, are life and death. Black people with Down syndrome die much earlier than white people.
Any PSA about Down syndrome from the US should be at least as diverse as these stats. https://t.co/djcNBpERIZ
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) November 15, 2018
There’s nothing wrong with this video. It’s cute. But if you’re going to feature 50 families, think about diversity and representation.
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