(noun | ableist, adjective)
Ableism is a type of systemic oppression against those who are disabled in one way or another. Most people are familiar with access problems, like lack of ramps or braille etc., but there are many other ways in which ableism is baked into our societies. Some of the most basic and common derogatory language such as “stupid,” “idiot,” and “lame” are all based on ableism.
e.g. Kraig admitted that they had struggled with removing ableist slurs from their vocabulary, but it was something they were working on.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Ableism 101: What it is and what we can do to to fix it | Access Living
Breaking Down Defenses Around Ableist Language | The Body in Not an Apology
It’s Time to Stop Saying “Crazy” and “Insane” | Mic
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