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Date: 2017-08-30 07:13 pm (UTC)
tim: Tim with short hair, smiling, wearing a black jacket over a white T-shirt (0)
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Meanwhile, people with disabilities are afraid that antifascists will be violent towards them for being disabled.

This is the part that I genuinely don't understand. Why are anti-fascists (as a class, not specific anti-fascist people who have expressed ableist things, who certainly exist because being anti-fascist doesn't guarantee anything about your level of decency as a person other than the very low bar of being against fascism) more likely to be violent towards disabled people than anybody else is? I mean, there's tons of violence against disabled people (some of which I have experienced) and I don't know of any examples of it that were done in the name of anti-fascism.

I don't understand what makes anti-fascists scarier to disabled people (my friends who are involved in direct anti-fascist action *are* largely queer, trans, disabled people, working in collectives that center people of color as leaders) than the people who are already committing violence against disabled people, other than the New York Times/etc. scare stories about "antifa are violent". I also don't understand the "what if antifa become violent against people who aren't fascists" counterfactual in a world where... fascists are already being violent against people who aren't fascists.

In other words: acknowledge that many social justice movements (probably all) have intersectionality problems? Sure, of course! Decide to not be personally involved with a movement because of intersectionality problems? Totally understandable. Decide that we shouldn't resist fascism because some anti-fascists have intersectionality problems? That's what I don't get. It's not like fascists are great about intersectionality, and deciding to abandon all meaningful response to fascism because some anti-fascists are bad with intersectionality is puzzling to me. Given the choice between the people saying "I'm going to do my best to kill you" and the people saying "I'm going to do my best to put my body in between you and the people who want to kill you", I'm gonna head for the latter team first, even if I'm still going to have to do some work in figuring out which people in the second group I can trust. I know I can't trust people in the first group.

(Also, to be super clear, I'm disabled, which doesn't mean I necessarily agree with any other given disabled person on anything, or that they should, just that I'm talking about disabled people as an "us" and not a "them" while also trying to be clear that I'm not implying that all of us do or should have a common agenda.)
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