Now, people get confused and upset we aren’t talking about such-and-such or so-and-so being capable of abuse when it comes to abuse.
That’s because, while it is absolutely true that any individual is capable of abuse, there are certain aspects that abuse culture values and instills. Systemic abuse — oppression — implicates everyone who benefits from such widespread abuse.
This means that, by and large, the most egregious and wide-reaching abuse is coming from the same source. Individuals who commit abusive acts or individuals who are abusers cannot represent their entire group without the systemic ties that protect them from the consequences.
While in general, all types of abuse are supported in an abuse culture, it is easier for some to perpetrate. Abuse and power are tightly linked, meaning that a perpetual imbalance is required to be a successful abuser. To ensure an ongoing supply and continued access to their preferred victims, the system must be built to actively and passively support it.
Why mention all this, and what does it have to do with Washington stealing people and their teeth for kicks?
There is a reason that most perpetrators and lifelong abusers are cis het yte and well-off. The multiply marginalzed Black and indigenous person CAN be abusive, but it is an individual instance, not an entire system of power imbalanced phuckery.
That is why Black people and nonmen can be categorical about wanting to interact less with or avoid a certain type of person. Men in general are dangerous to us. Ypipo in general are dangerous to us.
Systemically supported abusers act in general and specifically. Disenfranchised abusers act individually and specifically.
While both these things contribute to the overall abuse culture, disenfranchised groups are still, statistically, less likely to be the ones doing horrific and egregious damage to many, many people or to entire specific groups of people.
That's why people like Washington could jack some Black folks teeth, why Western medicine is built upon the blood and bones of Black and indigenous people, why it's entitled why men who shoot up everybody even when they are just committing suicide, why most victims of any gender and age were hurt and abused by some man.
So yes, we need to talk about all kinds of perpetrators. But conflating the systemic delineations of power and confusing the specific for the general, we ain't gonna fix shit.