I am going to let this rebuttal of my early comments stand by itself because I believe that many valid points are made.
I was disappointed particularly by the closing of your argument because that’s the message readers take away. All the other valid points are somehow nullified when we tell someone to “just chill”. If the closing argument (which is the part I quoted) had been elaborated on before, I probably would not have had such a reaction but from a purely rhetorical perspective, I was sad that it was presented as a lazy way out.
I am going to be totally honest here: I fall into the ableist language trap EVERY DAY. I also use “crazy” casually and use expressions that are text book ableist. However, I do my best to be alert of them not because I am morally superior and not lazy but because, having been the victim of racial discrimination has made me hyper aware of the devastating effects of discrimination and stigmatization. I am not a better person than you, nor am I somehow morally superior, the only difference is probably that by now, I am trained to pause and listen if someone says they feel alienated by my use of language. To quote the great Kanye West: IT’S A PROCESS, not some innate ability.
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