[Image description: A black flag diagonally crossed from the top of the hoist to the bottom of the fly by a four-color "Lightning bolt" in stripes of blue, gold, green and red (three long sections running from hoist to fly, alternating with two short sections from fly to hoist), Description ends]
My “Artist’s Statement” about this Flag:
1) The black field:
Black has three significant meanings:
First: the color of mourning for all those disabled people who have been murdered in the name of “mercy.”
Second: the color of the pirates’ “Jolly Roger” flag, representing our determination to steal our lives back from those public (and private) ‘authorities,’ who use their power in an attempt keep us marginalized.
Third: A reference to the Nazi Black Triangle badge, which was used to identify those whom the Nazis considered “antisocial“ and which has been adopted in Britain to protest the government’s austerity measures against the Disabled.
2) The “Lightning Bolt” motif:
Diagonal lines have been traditionally used in the flags of former colonies, to represent breaking free from colonial powers (empire nations tend to have flags dominated by horizontal and vertical lines). And Disabled people’s lives have long been ‘colonized’ by the medical, religious, and educational establishments.
The zigzag shape represents how the Disabled people must continually navigate around the structural and attitudinal barriers erected throughout normate society, and also the creative, ‘lateral,’ thinking we have to use to solve problems each day.
3) The individual colors represent broad categories of disabilities:
Blue: mental illness disabilities
Yellow: Cognitive and intellectual disabilities
Green: Sensory perception disabilities
Red: Physical disabilities
So -- would you fly this flag? I really am curious.