BPS for BLM: Racism and Ableism

Jul 10, 2020

BPS Staff

**This post is part of our series, Behavioral Psych Studio for Black Lives Matter (BPS for BLM), which aims to amplify Black voices on topics related to mental health and wellbeing. All links below will take you to Black-created content.**

By Brooke Schwartz, LMSW

Have you ever thought about how people with disabilities are portrayed in the media and pop culture? In her article for Elle Magazine titled My Joy Is My Freedom, author Keah Brown explains, “People don’t often think of people of color or of LGBTQ+ people when they think of us. Instead, they think of cis white male wheelchair users who hate themselves, because that is so often the way pop culture depicts us.”

Check out Brown’s article to learn more about what it means for her to live life unapologetically in her “Black and disabled body.”

Racism and Ableism


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