The inevitability of violence at a [Black Lives Matter] demonstration – especially a demonstration that emerged to insist upon the importance of bodies who’ve been violently un-cared for – ensures that a certain amount of people won’t, because they can’t, show up. Couple this with physical and mental illnesses and disabilities that keep people in bed and at home, and we must contend with the fact that many whom these protests are for, are not able to participate in them – which means they are not able to be visible as political activists.
There was a Tumblr post that came across my dash during these weeks of protest, that said something to the effect of: “shout out to all the disabled people, sick people, people with PTSD, anxiety, etc., who can’t protest in the streets with us tonight. Your voices are heard and valued, and with us.” Heart. Reblog.
So, as I lay there, unable to march, hold up a sign, shout a slogan that would be heard, or be visible in any traditional capacity as a political being, the central question of Sick Woman Theory formed: How do you throw a brick through the window of a bank if you can’t get out of bed?
Sanoilla on väliä ja aivan erityisesti niillä on merkitystä, kun puhumme syrjityistä ja sorretuista, puhumme vaiennettujen äänellä. Tässäkin blogissa on muistutettu, miten tärkeää on olla käyttämättä mielenterveyteen liittyviä termejä yhteyksissä, joihin ne eivät kuulu. Samoin on tärkeää olla psykologisoimatta yhteiskunnallisia ongelmia: syrjintä ei johdu syrjijien mielenvikaisuudesta vaan rakenteista, jotka sen tekevät mahdolliseksi.
Suoraan radikaalien kuvapajasta!
[kuvassa lukee: Normit ja syrjivät rakenteet ovat usein näkymättömiä etuoikeutetuille. Älä vähättele vaan kuuntele.]
Miksi lapsi työntää kielen jäiseen, metalliseen ovenkahvaan? Miksi finnejä on pakko repiä tai osin irronnutta hammasta ronklata? Miksi näppejään ei vain osaa pitää poissa satuttavista asioista?
”Police in Finland deny that they profile ethnic minorities. This position is neither supported by the mounting evidence of random stopping and checking of minorities nor by their own admission that they willingly target people who they consider as non-Finnish looking. In various media interviews, the police have openly admitted, without much trepidation, that they have approached people for identification, who ‘look foreign’, or people who ‘appear non-Finnish’.”
”Finding oneself the object of a selective police stop and search is sometimes described as only an embarrassing inconvenience, backed by law. But for the victims, ethnic profiling is often a humiliating and upsetting experience, with sometimes perilous tendencies. It destabilizes one’s sense of personal security and shatters self-worth. It creates uncertainties; it steals the innocence and the effortlessness of using and moving in public places and spaces; it instills in actual or potential victims the constant fear and suspicion of law enforcement.
Now, imagine, if you can, living this way, every day.”
”Countering ethnic profiling in European societies, and in the Finnish context in particular, must be the battlefront for the conscientious struggle against racism, xenophobia and bigotry in the 21st century.”
Social isolation, name-calling, taunting, and online nastiness may not be as stark, but they’re still damaging. Over time, it gets inside a person and tears them down. When bullying is a part of everyday life, it’s hard to look in the mirror and feel good about what you see. You’re bombarded with negative feedback about who you are. It’s especially difficult when it’s based on a fundamental part of yourself that you can’t (and shouldn’t) change.Racism is similarly traumatizing and similarly complex.
Racism breaks down self-esteem the same way: by reinforcing the idea that there is something wrong with you. Sometimes the attacks are big. Sometimes they’re small. But they’re always damaging. […]
Researchers are seeing that consistent discrimination — even consistent worry about discrimination — can cause harm.
The worry of encountering racism causes stress to build up. Sometimes that stress can manifest in diagnosable mental disorders like generalized anxiety disorder or PTSD.
”Trump on kyllä umpihullu ja niin on sen kannattajat!”
”Ei noista odineista kannata välittää, ei niitä voi ottaa vakavasti kuin muut yhtä sekaisin olevat.”