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I guess ultimately my way of approaching politics is to side with disabled people as a class.
Not to say that we're right all the time as individuals, because there are plenty of us who are misguided, obnoxious or just flat out wrong.
And even as a community, our interests certainly aren't always aligned with everyone else's in society, even when we're talking about other marginalized groups.
But I do think - even when it's a grey area - that it's my purpose, my function, to be a bulldog for the rights of disabled people, because we're so far down the priority list for most of the rest of society.
Sometimes everyone can win, sometimes everyone can't. But either way, we deserve to have some people who are just unequivocally 100% on our side.
I don't feel the need to always be fair, or to fight for "the greatest good for the greatest possible number". There are people whose jobs are that - and they are not me.
I used to half-jokingly refer to myself as a disability community nationalist, and there's probably a lot of truth in that.
I'm on "our side", because it's my community, and it's almost always under life-threatening attack and I know who I'm supposed to serve.
Is it a parochial, narrow vision? Sure, but it's an honest one. And I think it's the way I can help people who others are willing to leave behind.
Anyway, I'm thinking about this a lot because tomorrow I take my first grad school course, and I'm thinking about the ways in which I want to make sure returning to academia doesn't change me.
I'm not objective, and I never want to be.
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