Importantly, those with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by deprivation, violence and/or precarity—and indeed, these environmental factors and socioeconomic experiences are a cause, complicator, and even consequence of disability.

More importantly, one does not have to be disabled to experience ableism. Rather, ableism is a systemic oppression that allows society, systems, and individuals to assign value to people based on their appearance and their ability to re/produce, excel, and behave. Ableism evaluates people on their divergence (whether actual or perceived) from constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, and productivity.



In the united states, these constructions are necessarily rooted, as is the country itself, in anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, misogyny, eugenics, colonialism, and capitalism.


Still, most people in social justice movements are unable to recognize ableism, and are unaware of just how ordinary yet lethal it is. But, policing, incarceration and institutionalization, labor exploitation and impoverishment, forced familial separation and deprivation of resources, climate and environmental injustice, and other state and corporate violence disproportionately affect disabled and other marginalized people while creating and exacerbating disabilities.

Abolitionist movements must contend with how disability and ableism interact with carceral systems, and be committed to abolishing all spaces to which marginalized people are disappeared.

More on the article. :blob_pat_anar_raccoon:

@Defectivetrxgedy part of the problem here is that capitalism has always seen disability as an unavoidable side effect of doing business. Job-related injuries and illnesses have been accounted for since before the match girls lost their faces to phossy jaw in the Victorian era. Anything seen as an expense must be reduced or disposed of to avoid further expense. Anyone not capable of working in the factory is seen as a drag on the bottom line. Capitalism is ableist by design.

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