We realize that the only people who careThe activities that constitute care are crucial for human life. We defined care in this way: Care is "a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue,... More enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/... More which allows us to continue our struggle and work.
This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politicsWe realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters... More. We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression.The Combahee River Collective Statement – COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE
That’s what it boils down to. Who else is going to consistently, determinedly work for us but us?
We’re autisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If... More.
We’re disabledThe label "disabled" means so much to me. It means I have community. It means I have rights. It means I can be proud. It means I can affirm myself... More.
The words autistic and disabled connect us with an identity, a community, and a culture. With identity politics, we work for community liberation and the liberation of all people.
Identity is the place to understand what forms of oppression are operating within your own life. From here, coalitions can be built with others who face similar forms of oppression, so long as it is also understood that oppression is not experienced the same across identities. This is where intersectionalityIntersectionality's raison dêtre is to reveal the systems that organize our society. Intersectionality's brilliance is that its fundamental contribution to how we view the world seems so common-sense once you... More, the theory developed by black feminist scholar and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, is useful. It helps us to understand that class oppression will look differentOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More for those who also exist at the intersection of marginalizedFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More race, genderDue both to their ability to denaturalize social norms and to their neurological differences, autistic individuals can offer novel insights into gender as a social process. Examining gender from an... More, and sexual identities. Any coalition worth forming has to take stock of those differencesOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More or suffer an agenda that is insufficient to liberating all people.What Liberals Get Wrong About Identity Politics | The New Republic
Given our racist, heterosexist, and ableistable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply... More societies, we especially work for all when we center disabled Black women.
If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.The Combahee River Collective Statement – COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE
The ultimate goal of meaningful inclusion for the disability community will never be fully realized until black and brown people are also free.Racism and Ableism – AAPD
What Lorde and other black feminists such as bell hooks, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison realized was that the more dehumanized groups a person belongs to, the more their experience forces them to understand about the way society is structured: what and who it takes for granted, the truths about itself it chooses to ignore, who is doing the truly essential work.Letters To My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism
Here are some disabled and neurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite... More Black women and non-binary people to follow:
- Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin)
- Riah (ry-uh) Person (@lilririah)
- Black Disability Collective (@BlackDisability)
- MisTÂûght (tfatws) (Loki) (Mandalorian) (MCU) (@Mis_TAught)
- Kayla Smith for #BlackAutisticLivesMatter (@BeingKaylaSmith)
- Ola Ojewumi (@Olas_Truth)
- ChrisTiana ObeySumner (@CObeySumner)
- 👸🏽Mother Strawberry Sativa Pharmaceutica💚💊 (@Mae_DayJ)
- TL (@talilalewis)
- Kerima (Vaccine Equity) Cevik (@kerima_cevik) / Twitter
- Anita Cameron (@adaptanita)
- Tinu, Empress of Twerk, Thirst of My Line. (@Tinu)
- Dr. Openly Excessively Black & Disabled (She/Her) (@4WheelWorkOut)
- TheDisabilityEnthusiast (@twitchyspoonie)
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