In “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History,” Baynton explains how disabled people, physically or mentally, are treated as weak, useless, and not humans.
This article relates to idea of prejudice and social anxiety created by social construction. As Baynton discusses, people see disabled people as different and unable to perform human activities. Even if someone is not on a wheelchair or crutches, they are unfairly discriminated against and treated differently for no reason. This also relates to a topic that we discussed in class. In the 1800s, doctors were diagnosing black slaves with Neurasthenia, a disease that results in loss of determination to work and laziness; this derived from the idea that blacks were inferior to whites.
Do you think that this type of prejudice is still prevalent in America? If so, what could our country do/ don’t do to help dissolve this issue?