Radicals and anarchists: Have you noticed? Even as racism, sexism, and homophobia are condemned within our spaces, meetings, and personal interactions, rampant ableist hate speech remains.
Have you sat through a meeting with the black - clad and self righteous woman who condemns others as "crazy" and counsels against inclusion of a new member on the grounds that the potential new member is allegedly "mentally unsound"? I have.
Have you watched in horror as your Facebook friends rail against their enemies by calling them things like "nuts" and "off the rails"? I have.
Have you been quietly disgusted by "safer space" policies that purport to police all sorts of unacceptable language and behavior, but turn a blind eye to serially abusive ableist hate speech that demonizes people struggling with mental illness?
Again. I have. And it's *shameful*.
It's time to start calling out purveyors of stigma and scorn in our radical spaces. I, for one, am SICK of it.