We’ve gone to a local church twice for their Sunday service. It’s very close by and they vocally embrace and invite marginalized populations…ie: the homeless, victims of domestic violence, all people of color, and the LGBTQ communities. They also have a prison ministry etc etc. Totally into Social Justice, right?
This is my reality when I walk into liberal/progressive haunts of this sort: The systematic widespread poisoning, gaslighting, censoring, infantilization and (not rarely), death of those targeted by the psychiatric establishment as an arm of the state and so-called medical community both….is not even mentioned. It’s not on the radar.
People, during prayer requests felt comfortable speaking about their “mentally ill” friends and relatives with the narrative of the state. The oppressive, toxic, gaslighting narrative that shuts up these very people they are claiming to love and support with no mention of the potentially disabling neurotoxins and general lack of appropriate care for some of the most traumatized, sensitive and vulnerable people in society.
There is no social justice for those targeted by psychiatry and then marginalized by society in general. None and it’s especially glaring when surrounded by self-proclaimed liberals and progressives…(groups that I otherwise largely align myself with). You know what? Fox News covers the issues with psychopharmacology far more often than the other mainstream outlets. It’s a travesty.
And so walking out into the world is traumatic for those of us who understand exactly what is happening to those of us who’ve been marked.
Next part of the story– PART TWO: I continue trying to figure out how to be in this world as the freak that I am…
MICROAGGRESSIONS are BIG sometimes All oppressed groups deal with these sorts of insults. In those *labeled* mentally ill the phenomena is almost completely denied and ignored. (“mental illness” isn’t what convention says it is)
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