How people with disabilities can be ableist

TL;DR: They internalize the dominant paradigm: abled is good, disabled is bad. Exhibit #1: Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott

Greg Abbot, Governor of Texas at news conference at the end of September 2020
Greg Abbot, Governor of Texas at news conference at the end of September 2020

How can something like this happen?

How can one person with a disability consciously discriminate against another?

Factor #1: Repeated abuse can lead to people creating a mental disability hierarchy as a defense mechanism.

Factor #2: Disability hierarchies fuel ableism

Factor #3: Passing is a form of internalized ableism

Factor #4: People apply their own experience with a medical condition to others, which is completely invalid

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Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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