So I was real curious about why Olivia’s pseudonym of choice was Julia Baker - the reference wasn’t immediately clear to me - but I just looked it up and Julia Baker was one of the first Black women characters on a sitcom whose role wasn’t just a stereotype. Well played, Scandal. Well played.
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’
Hey tumblr! Did you know that if you suffer from depression / anxiety or any other mental illness, you can register your dog as an emotional support animal, making it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to you? That’s right. No breed restrictions, no weight…
Except that you have to prove that you have a disability as it relates to your mental health issue (and there’s legal definitions for that) and that the ESA alleviates your disability. A dog isn’t an emotional support animal simply because you want it to be - there are legal requirements that both HUD and the courts have determined are necessary to qualify.
How do I know this? It was the fact pattern issue for my appellate brief in legal writing 3.
Don’t tell people bullshit so that they can abuse a system and take advantage of legal protections for those with very real emotional, mental, and physical health issues without which they would be discriminated against for said issue. That makes you and all the people who abuse the system AN ASSHOLE. And being an asshole isn’t a mental health issue in need of an emotional support animal, it’s a character choice which you deserve a swift kick right to the face for.
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