I really struggle to articulate this properly but I feel like a lot of abled people can recognise the idea of disabled people in theory but not in practice? And I feel this heavily affects accessibility
So for instance with disabled parking spaces they see them and know that they are for the elusive ‘disabled people’ but also they think “hey no one will need this right now” and so will use it because the idea of disabled people actually existing and interacting with a public space just doesn;t add up and fully form in their minds
And I think a major cause of this is the fact that a lot of disabled people have not been or continue to not be allowed in public spaces. Through ‘ugly laws’, institutionalisation, inaccessibility, abuse, imprisonment and other violence, disabled people have been forced from or never allowed into the public sphere and so the idea of us being there, existing in communities, in society is so abstract to abled folks and I feel like that really affects and informs a lot of attitudes that people have especially wrt to using things meant for disabled people
a lot of tumblr sj discourse is too liberal (as opposed to radical/revolutionary) in terms of what we expect from allies, or from ourselves as allies. we talk a lot about how allies should behave in activist spaces -being quiet, listening rather than speaking, relinquishing our privilege whenever possible- and that’s good, absolutely. however, we don’t talk as much as we should about what allies should do once we leave those activist spaces and go into the real world, where no amount of allies being quiet will do as much damage to our oppressive situations as us leveraging our privilege for the benefit of our causes.
don’t misunderstand me, i’m not saying at all that, for example, white people should feel free to speak over poc as soon as we leave a space where that is widely considered unacceptable. i’m saying that a white person in mainstream white society is in a position of power that we should actively take advantage of and use to promote awareness and solidarity with poc. it’s absolutely vital that we -white people, straight/cis people, men, able-bodied people, neurotypicals, affluent, etc- call out other privileged people and hold them to the same standards we hold ourselves to. it’s vital that we use the fact that other privileged people will take us more seriously, even if it’s unfair, so that we can educate those outside of activist spaces about the oppression and injustice that colors our lives. most of all, it’s important that we use our greater resources, resources the oppressed may not have access to, to provide and protect the ones that are actually fighting the battles for their own liberation that we will never truly understand, but can only do what we can from the sidelines
Ryan Lotche: *vandalizes a gas station and lies to Brazilian authorities about being robbed*
White ppl: HE’S JUST BEING A KID, YA KNOW?
Florida Teen: *stabs three people, murdering two of them, and eats one of their faces*
White ppl: I dunno… he was a good kid. A real nice boy.
Any Black Man: *gets shot by a cop for minor violations*
White ppl: THUG! SCOURGE OF THE EARTH! HOW DARE YOU BREAK LAWS.