Categories determine our lives. As marginalized folk, we work towards determinacy in a white supremacist society that tells us what we are, what we are not, and what we will never be. By Leila Zainab It’s Friday night. 7:30pm. In one
The use of mental health or disability status to perpetuate anti-Black violence and dodge accountability is not only incredibly violent, but morally irresponsible.Conversations about mental health and how it affects our lives is something that is picking up steam both in social justice-oriented circles and in the world at large. From hashtags to publications, people are beginning to redefine how they interact with and define their mental health. The push for normalizing mental health challenges and struggles is powerful to see. However, it is all too common to see mental health weaponized to continue oppression. In particular, this tactic is used to perpetuate anti-Blackness, especially in social justice-oriented circles. So what exactly does weaponizing mental health look like? It comes in many forms that can range from insidious to innocuous in nature. It can look like a white or non-Black person of color using their mental health or mental health-related terminology such as triggers to dodge accountability from other oppression.
It’s an ableist assumption that people with mental health struggles can’t be together -- it suggests that only neurotypical people are “good” at relationships. Welcome to Crazy Talk: a mental health advice column written by yours truly, a mentally ill and queer
Let's not forget that Bill Maher, who hosted Milo on Real Time on Friday, has uttered problematic shit, too. With the news that Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos appears to condone sex with 13-year-olds, it would be easy to forget his controversial recent visit
There are tons of things organizers can do to make protests more accessible for those with different needs. Here are 6 ideas. "Take A Stand." "Join The March." "Step up." These three common phrases are often used as an attempt to mobilize groups in