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Disability Justice – Mia Mingus (interview clip)


Yeah there’s like three main pieces I feel
like to Disability Justice that I think are important right now. One is that it’s a multi-issue
politic, that, which is just a fancy way of saying that it’s not single-issue, it’s not
just talking about disability, it’s talking about, you know, we’re including class, we’re
including race, we’re including gender, citizenship, I’m thinking about colonization, thinking
about, you know, war and militarization, like all of those things. It, it is a multi-issue
politic, right, that it’s not just about ableism and disability, that it’s also about other
systems of oppression, institutions and forms of violence, because disabled people aren’t
just disabled people, you know, we are also mothers and fathers and, you know, women and
trans people and queer people and young people and old people, you know, there’s, we are
so many things and there’s so many things that impact for example my life, it’s not
just ableism, like, that I also need to be able to talk about and think through. The
other piece is that it is moving away from just like a rights-based and kind of like,
equality model. So it’s not just about like, how do we expand the ranks of the privileged
to include a few more people, it’s actually saying like, no we don’t want to just expand
the ranks of the privileged and just, what usually happens is just to add a few more
people who had, who had privileges and were at the top of that group anyways, who was
getting included. But it’s actually saying, um, questioning, like, that whole system and
that why some people are constantly and perpetually at the bottom, right, um and who never get
included into those, that you know, expanded ranks. Um, it’s talking about redistribution,
it’s, it’s also saying, you know, we don’t necessarily, um, believe that, um, uh, what
am I trying to say, that that, that that approach is necessarily going to work anyways, you
know like we haven’t, there’s nothing that has shown us that simply expanding the ranks
of the privileged to add a few more people has actually led us to a more just world.
Um, and then the last piece of it is, is that it’s really talking about what justice and
liberation would look like, not just equality which is very different than justice, but
what justice and liberation would look like for disabled people and our communities. So
again, not just disability, and not just, you know not just, I think for me, like what
liberation would look like for me is not just liberation for my disabled communities that
I’m a part of, but also for the queer and trans people of colour communities that I’m
a part of, and also the Korean communities that I’m a part of, also the radical women
of colour communities that I’m a part of. So it’s also talking about connecting disabled
people to our communities, which I think is so important, especially in a society kind
of like moment in history and, and, and a history, um, and a legacy of people who have
been doing, you know, where it’s been so individualized, right, like, our notions of justice are so
individualized in terms of, like, oh, you sue somebody and you get a settlement, and
that’s justice. Or you send that person who hurt you to jail, and that’s justice. No,
we’re talking about a much more collective form of what justice would look like, and
hopefully deeper form.

Cesar Sullivan

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