Tw: special ed, abuse, isolation

I've been in a special ed program for those with more mild-moderate disabilities once. One day my chronic illness meant I was cognitive issues that stopped me from reading. So they locked me in a back room for hours.
Luckily I'm fine, not very traumatized and you know why I was able to get out of that situation? Because I was often smart so I didn't have to be forcibly segregated (it was one of the many different things I tried to get the accommodations I needed).
But people who with intellectual disabilities and more obvious cognitive disabilities as well as those who don't have access to adequate communication experience this all the time and worse. And they can't escape.
I've only seen some very small slices of how society treats people it doesn't recognize as smart. Believe me, to be smart or to be perceived as such is to be a part of an oppressor class. You benefit from what oppresses others. You have because others do not.

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13 Jan
For clarification, I'm not saying disabled people who are or are seen as smart aren't oppressed. All disabled people face ableism to one degree or another.

I'm saying no disabled person is oppressed specifically because they are or are seen as smart.
When I asked for accommodations in school and they wouldn't give them to me because I'm "smart" (which is a social construct btw), I wasn't actually being oppressed because I was smart. I was being oppressed because I was disabled.
If the school didn't see me as smart, I would've been put into special ed, which is often extremely abusive and really its own layer of oppression. I would've been able to advocate for myself even less and much of my autonomy would've been even more stripped away.
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13 Jan
This..... this has been bothering me for a while actually. I say this as a disabled smart kid (though not gifted): I am so tired of disabled smart kid tears.

Y'all are not oppressed because society thought you were smart.
Did they ignore your disabilities? Yes. But do you know what society does to people it recognizes as disabled? It's different depending on the disability, but for a lot of people, people sometimes hardly even recognized within spaces supposedly for disability rights...
It basically means you have no rights. I mean, no autonomy whatsoever. No right to education, to vote, to reproductive autonomy, to make decisions about your medical care, to medical care in general, etc.
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13 Jan
Fellow ADHDers, I'm sorry to burst your bubble cause I know we all like to believe we're so much smarter than other mentally disabled people, but ADHD is, in fact, a cognitive disability and you get nothing by throwing other disabled people under the bus.
However, if you don't have any other cognitive disabilities, you should acknowledge your relative privilege that society so much more often sees you as intelligent because if it didn't, you'd have a lot less rights 😬.
I also honestly think we need to stop centering "gifted kids" so much. Yes, y'all do get screwed over, but you also have voting rights, more reproductive rights, probably won't end up in a sheltered workshop or institutionalized in one way or another, etc, etc.
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13 Jan
This isn't a subtweet or anything, just something I remembered I wanted to talk about, but please be sure to not fall into ableism and puritan work ethics when criticizing landlords.

The problem isn't how little they do for society. The problem is exploitation.
If a landlord had a "real job" on the side where they, idk made food for people or something, that wouldn't change the fact that they're exploiting people and actively keeping people houseless by hoarding things other people need.
We need to be precise and accurate in our theory and critique. Otherwise we'll both hurt the people capitalism already hurts the most and not be able to fully address the problem at hand because we don't have an accurate understanding of it.
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13 Jan
A lot of white leftists misunderstand capitalism because they misunderstand this (whether purposefully or not). And they misunderstand this because they're still attached to their whiteness and their colonizer status.
Like y'all wanna be colonizers, but also want to be offended when we call you colonizers. Please pick one cause the cognitive dissonance is painful to witness.
Also, if you don't address colonialism, you will end up with capitalism again because you're going to end up with the same problems of directing resources as the first colonizers did. If you want to do colonialism globally, you need some form of capitalism to support it.
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12 Jan
The answer is that this is actually a thinly veiled excuse for the genocide of BIPOC. The US traps us in poverty and then claims we can't raise our children in the conditions they created and they take the children away instead of changing our conditions.
Colonialism is the core contradiction of our society, not capitalism, but this has capitalist forces behind it as well. But as always, capitalism only exists to support colonialism, as a way to funnel resources away from indigenous people to settlers and settler capitalists.
But it's ultimate goal is to wipe us all out while they hoard the resources for themselves, always in less and less hands.

Of course, this can never work. It's essentially a death cult in the end, but settlers only think of their immediate interests, not long term.
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