On the National Day Against Bullying, 26-year-old Clarissa Bruni posted a video named “Prejudice Kills.” The video documents her friend, 23-year-old Vanessa Caponi from Lamporecchio sharing her personal experience, while simultaneously denouncing bullying and prejudice against people in wheelchairs, or people who society does not consider “normal”.
The pair from Tuscany met by chance and have developed a friendship through their share identity as disabled women. On each of their Facebook pages, they document the struggles of social and architectural barriers they encounter in their daily life. They want to bring attention to the voices of people that society labels as disabled so that, together, they can feel empowered rather than pitied. They believe that while prejudice kills, diversity enriches, which is why it is important to listen to the stories and experiences of individuals marginalized by discrimination.
To watch Vanessa’s video or read more in Italian, visit La Repubblica’s new site.