Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ableism is Real

Among the numerous other atrocities happening across the globe, you may have heard of a man murdering 19 people in Japan by stabbing them to death. Oh, and he did so in a hospital for disabled individuals, specifically targeting the disabled, because he wanted them to "disappear."

It was the nation's worst mass murder since WWII, and it was against the disabled. The murdered used to work at the care center, and told the police that he stabbed dozens of his former patients because "It is better that disabled people disappear."

It gets worse.

Authorities said Uematsu had been “involuntarily committed” to hospital on 19 February, after police in the town of Tsukui contacted him in response to a letter he had attempted to pass to the speaker of the lower house of Japan’s parliament. 
In the letter, Uematsu argued that the government should permit euthanasia for disabled people, said he would be willing to carry out such killings himself, and detailed how he would do it. 
“I envision a world where a person with multiple disabilities can be euthanised, with an agreement from the guardians, when it is difficult for the person to carry out household and social activities,” the letter said.

This says a lot about pervasive attitudes toward disabled persons and/or the conditions that they're subjected to in these care centers. And don't think this is just a Japan problem. Yes, Japan does have a cultural issue around one's ability to make money being directly tied to one's worth, but so does the U.S. and its Protestant work ethic background and the U.K. where they have been actively blaming disabled people for the nation's problems to the point that visibly disabled people have been attacked in the streets.

One of the first thing assholes attack when talking about The Dreaded SJWs (TM) is the concept of ableism, despite it being one of the most overt and obvious forms of oppression in our modern world if you pay attention for two seconds. Please fucking stop because you're getting people killed.

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