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Let our mourning turn into action.
August 12, 2019
YO! Disabled & Proud and the Disability Organizing Network express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with those in mourning from the most recent mass shootings.
While this is a response to the lives lost and forever altered during the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX, and Dayton,OH, we also know that there are thousands of people, disproportionately Black & Brown people with disabilities, who are continuously murdered and traumatized by gun violence every year.
Too often gun violence and, specifically, mass shootings, are blamed on mental illness, especially when the individual behind the trigger is a white male. This is not a mental health/illness issue, but an issue rooted in increased gun access and xenophobia, racism and ableism.
There is great strength and power within the voices of our community- from youth to older adults. So, no matter what your political views may be, let’s hold ourselves and our communities accountable to shaping public understanding of Disability, including mental health/illness and the issues impacting us.
TO DISPEL THE MYTHS AND SHAPE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING:
Mental illness/mental health disabilities should not be used as excuses or reasons for increased gun violence. In fact, people with disabilities, including those with mental health disabilities, are more likely to be the victims and survivors of gun violence, rather than being the perpetrators.
Here are important articles to read and share in hopes that they will help shape your conversations regarding gun violence, disability, and white supremacy.
- "Make Real Change On Gun Violence: Stop Scapegoating People With Mental Health Disabilities" from Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- “Mass Shootings and Mental Illness”, American Psychiatric Association Publishing
- VIDEO: People With Mental Health Disabilities Shut Down Dangerous Ideas About Gun Violence from Rooted in Rights
- “Ableism Is the Go-To Disguise for White Supremacy. Too Many People Are Falling for It” by Imani Babarin
Special thanks to Alice Wong for making sure that we all have the resources and knowledge we need to shape public awareness and advance justice for our communities. Learn more about Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project and ways to support her.