Tweets by Alice Wong @SFdirewolf on 7.27.16

Gonna start this mini-essay on Twitter on the #JapanAttacks in #Sagamihara. I’m roiling in a cauldron of anger, sorrow, fear & fatigue. There is such endemic ableist violence disabled people witness and experience every day, that it seriously makes you question stuff.

If you are non-disabled and unfamiliar with #ableism, what happened in #Sagamihara is a clear-cut example of as you’ll ever get.

FYI, it’s not my job to teach you what ableism is.

A man planned methodically to kill disabled people. He notified others. He imagined a world where disabled people should be euthanized by ‘guardians’.  This worldview is held by many people, more than you know.

I turned on cable TV on 7/26 hoping for live coverage in #Sagamihara as I previously saw for Orlando, Dallas, Nice, and Istanbul. Nope.

It was all about the DNC. Will there be the profiles of each disabled person murdered in the news the way they would for acts of terror?

What is more terrorizing than genocidal violence?  So I’m gonna just put it out there…my message to non-disabled folks…

Don’t ascribe mental illness to the killer’s actions. Hate is hate.

Don’t think this is an isolated incident & something that couldn’t happen here (wherever here is).

Don’t presume that it’s a cultural issue or that Japanese attitudes toward disability is to blame.

Don’t #PrayForJapan and think these murdered disabled people are ‘in a better place.’

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Listen to disabled people & take them seriously.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Learn about #ableism & think about your implicit bias.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Share your resources, platform, space to disabled people however you can.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Recognize disabled people as part of a larger continuum of human diversity.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Employ disabled people & support their full participation in society.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Ask what Japanese disabled people want and need. Their story, their lives.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Even if you’re a spiritual person, prayers won’t prevent ableism, violence, erasure, or marginalization.

Don’t #PrayForJapan. Demand accountability from the authorities when mass violence happens. Apologies & investigations aren’t enough.

So weird having to convince folks that disabled people have value. A lot of labor spent in having to defend your right to exist.

In addition to what happened in #Sagamihara, 3 Deaf women in Haiti have been murdered.

Disabled people have been beaten  or killed by law enforcement, especially disabled people of color.

The most recent incident was the shooting of #CharlesKinsey and traumatization of autistic man #ArnladoRios.

This doesn’t include violence that happens to disabled people in the home, schools, institutions, prison, etc. 

The world can feel so hostile and cruel to disabled people–that’s no exaggeration.

I’m not asking for sympathy or pity.

Not waiting for awareness or acceptance.

Not begging for inclusion.

Not feeling gratitude to non-disabled people for letting us live.

Disabled people are more than helpless objects of ableism & violence. We deserve the world, the universe, and more.

Disabled people are our own lifelines. This, I truly believe. No one can save us except ourselves.

Yellow background with black text that reads: Not waiting for awareness or acceptance. Not begging for inclusion. Not feeling gratitude to non-disabled people for letting us live. Disability Visibility Project™ DisabilityVisibilityProject.com Twitter logo in the shape of a bird, @DisVisibility

 


For more on the mass murder in Sagamihara by disabled people:

Actions, Articles, and Statements on Sagamihara, Japan

Kit Mead, August 3, 2016

Why did the mass murder of 19 disabled people in Japan barely rate?

Carly Findlay, August 2, 2016

Is it just that it happened in Japan?

Michael Gillan Peckitt, August 1, 2016

Disabled Lives Are Worth Living

PrettyChronic tumblr, July 30, 2016

Disability, Safety, and Value

Amy Sequenzia, July 29, 2016

Disability Hate Leads to Mass Murder in Japan

Philippa Willitts, July 29, 2016

The silence around the Sagamihara disability murders.

Carly Findlay, July 28, 2016

Ableism, Mass Murder, and Silence

Annie Segarra, July 27, 2016

The Disabled Have Value!

Nicole Mackey, July 27, 2016

Sagamihara

Andrew Pulrang, July 27, 2016

Ableism is Deadly: Mass Murder in Japan

Bill Peace, July 26, 2016

Japan, Hate and 12 Days

Dave Hingsburger, July 26, 2016

Ableism is not “bad words.” It’s violence.

Lydia Brown, July 25, 2016

 

On The Sagamihara Attack

Michael Gillan Peckitt, July 2016


Yellow background with black text that reads: Disabled people are more than helpless objects of pity, ableism & violence. We deserve the world, the universe, and more. Disability Visibility Project™ DisabilityVisibilityProject.com Twitter logo in the shape of a bird, @DisVisibility

 

9 comments

  1. I amshocked and outraged at the absolute of media coverage of this event. Not on public or commercial broadcasters in Australia. It had to compete with AMERICAN politics and a tv expose of violence in juvenile justice system in the Northern Territory … so NO ROOM for this slaughter let alone some more in-depth coverage beyond mere reporting.

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