The second the news hit, the media put the butcher in the same category as his victims.
He's sick. He's mentally ill. We should pity him, really. He's just like them.
No. He isn't. Don't twist it so that he's "a victim himself". To describe a horrible person's actions as mental illness harms the disabled/neurodivergent community. We needed the focus on the true victims. Things like ableism are due to ignorance, hatred... but not mental illness. This attitude makes it easier for future violence against disabled/neurodivergent people because it paints us into "the volatile other".
Then, there are the people on the perpetrator's side, people who see disabled people as having a partial life (as though having no life is more merciful-- better than having limits). People who see disabled people as leeches who give nothing to the world.
The people who think disabled/neurodivergent people don't deserve something as vital as breath scare me. People who don't see the humanity in others should scare everyone.
All these months later, and I still haven't found one update on the survivors. I haven't heard if any new security measures were added to care centers. No one outside of the disabled community spoke up after the attack beyond the usual words of "terrible", "tragic", "poor people", or similar.
Maybe things changed that I didn't hear about because I'm in America. Maybe people are more protected now. I can hope that's the case-- hope and remember what happened.
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