For clarity: I know that other progressive activists do great work. This is an anti-ableism post. It should be interpreted in this manner rather than as anti-progressive.
Too often, progressives use ableism to accomplish their goals. I do not mean just using some words that many disabled people consider offensive. I mean things like advocating for ableist gun reform laws. I also mean things like attributing people’s worst traits to mental health disabilities, like people do with Trump.
In the 20th century, progressives gained momentum. Progressives of this time were not the same as they are today, but the ableism is still around. Then, the cause to rally around was eugenics. I am providing eugenics as a historical example of progressive ableism – and will point out how it still lurks in undertows of thought.
Historical example: The early 20th century and Progressive Era eugenics
Eugenics was a…
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