Please Stop Saying That Bigots Are “Mentally Ill”

Black NeuroQueer Punk

Content warning: uncensored ableist and racist slurs, mention of electroshock therapy, Judge Rotenberg Center 

All the time, I hear people say that racists, misogynists, ableists, queerphobes and other bigots are “mentally ill”.  Some even call them “crazy”, “psycho” or “nuts”, which is ableist and sanist in itself.

I also hear people say that Donald Trump shouldn’t be president because he may be “mentally unstable”.  Make no mistake,  I have a very unfavorable view of No. 45, but to say that he’s mentally unstable is also wrong.

I have multiple psychiatric disabilities, but I don’t like to talk about them very much because there’s a lot of stigma for people like me.

There are people who do have psychiatric disabilities who aren’t bigoted.  There are people with psychiatric disabilities who are.  When we say that all bigots are “crazy”, we’re perpetuating the stigma for people with mental health disabilities.

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