I have too many thoughts & emotions surrounding “law enforcement” killing#KaydenClarke; his subsequent (and continued) misgendering by news media & most every “community” to which he should have had a home (and received support) in life; and the legitimate outrage presently being expressed by folk who, for years, did not show up for (and still are not showing up for) countless Lives that have been (and are being) snuffed out at the whim of “law enforcement” across this country at alarming rates.
I am here for this:
Identity politics & single-issue advocacy efforts kill. Literally.
Kayden is just one of many examples of why #DisabilitySolidarity is critical to all of our liberation. These examples, hashtags, bodies will continue to mount until all of us commit to radical change in the way we go about “advocacy.”
If after thousands have been murdered by officers, it requires the murder of someone with whom you can perfectly identify to begin your righteous condemnation of police violence, you need to begin self-work straight away.
Accountable advocacy looks like showing up for all who are being oppressed, abused, killed--especially when you [think you] do not identify with those individuals.
Newsflash for the "justice will prevail when the truth comes out" folks: While you were busy looking the other way (or, more often than not, watching and sitting idly by), law enforcement perfected the art of killing innocents & getting away with it, so please stop it.
You want to know what will happen to guilty parties here? Ask the families of:
And all the others.
There is no "justice" when the state kills your loved one. Just an ever-present void and painful reminders of our collective failure to prevent injustices when we had every opportunity to act.
Justice would be life. Life & no more death.
If you are ready to end divisive, dismissive and destructive "advocacy" that ignores intersectionality, get at me. Everyone else should unfriend me immediately because you are no friend of mine.
Important edit to define #DisabilitySolidarity: disability communities actively working to bring about racial justice & civil rights advocates showing up for disability justice. Review this chat for more information: sfy.co/teF5
I dream incessantly of justice. Hoping to calm my mind & stir yours through this freedom space.