Miscellaneous Instances of Microaggression

1. “How do blinds navigate” or “you people should …” in relation to a person with disability.

Why is it an instance of microaggression?

Statements like these are based off of and reinforce notions of inferior capacity (of all kinds) associated with disability vis-à-vis the figure of the socially-culturally-politically dominant able-bodied [usually] privileged male, rooted in the biomedical project of eugenics. These reflect tendencies varying from patronization to pathologisation of disability. When framed as a question, it’s built on a sense that the survival and thriving of PwDs is somehow unexpected or unnatural or mandates explanation.

What could be a good response?

Point out that identifying one as "blinds" or "you people" reduces them to a single aspect of their identity, and necessarily highlights that aspect as a negative, shameful condition.

2. Believing that students who avail concession/scholarship benefits at educational institutions ought not to get vocal in their criticism of their school's policies.

Why is it an instance of microaggression?

a. This implies that since the only reason scholarship students are able to study at the school is because of their scholarships, they should be subservient to the school administration and support whatever decision they make, however irrational it might be. b. Further, this view establishes a social demarcation inside the classroom, quite similar to the one witnessed during reservation policies/debates.

What could be a good response?

Continue to be more vocal in their criticisms of their school’s policies, and in case anyone opoosed thier participation, confront them openly and publicly.

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