Week 4: Our topic this week is the intersection of Race and Disability.
**Please note a content notice for mention of police brutality.**
Special thanks to DAS Program Assistant Okunyi Chol and DAS Program Coordinator Natalie Hull for their work on this week’s topic.
During the past two years, many people have been grappling with the realities of racial injustice in the United States. That being said, when speaking about disability as a part of diversity, it is crucial to examine the ways that those with multiple marginalized identities are uniquely affected so we can better support them. Part of the intention of the Disability Justice movement is to center the experiences of those with oppressed identities that intersect with disability, such as race.
Though Black people experience disability at a higher rate than white people (1 in 4 compared to 1 in 5, per CDC Disability and Race statistics), their experiences have not been centered in previous disability advocacy. The Disability Justice movement and Black Lives Matter have drawn attention to the intersection of disability and race and articulated areas of oppression that persist, such as mass incarceration and policing. Black disabled people experience it in significantly higher rates disproportionate to their respective minority populations.