This resource offers insights and resources to better understand the strong connections between racism and ableism.
For our work to be truly disability-inclusive, we must recognize and learn about the ways in which racism and ableism are deeply linked. As explained by Isabella Kres-Nash:
“Racism and ableism are often thought of as parallel systems of oppression that work separately to perpetuate social hierarchy. Not only does this way of looking at the world ignore the experiences of people of color with disabilities, but it also fails to examine how race is pathologized in order to create racism. Meaning that society treats people of color in specific ways to create barriers, and these poor conditions create disability. The concept of disability has been used to justify discrimination against other groups by attributing disability to them.”
We encourage you to explore the following articles and resources.
Reading on Racism and Ableism
- Autism and Race, a website maintained by Lydia X. Z. Brown
- Disability and Access, Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Curated pieces connected to racism and disability from Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project
- Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People, a Disability Justice Primer from Sins Invalid
- Race and Disability: From Analogy to Intersectionality, by Angela Frederick and Dara Shifrer
Anti-Black Racism and Ableism
- Q&A: Is the Disability Community Part of Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts? from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- It’s Time To Listen To Black Disabled People by Vilissa Thompson
- Black disabled Americans continue to face higher rates of police violence by Nick Winges-Yanez
- Black Disabled Woman Syllabus, compiled by Vilissa Thompson
- Disability: What Have Black People Got to Do with It? by Dr. Angel Love Miles