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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.
Related: SOUTH ASIANS: OUR SILENCE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IS KILLING US

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