Violence protects us from our violent selves: this is where the rhetoric lies.

Melanie Yergeau


People do a lot of brutal things to people with disabilities […]

We identify, as a culture, as having got past that point.

In practice, whenever people do brutal things to someone with a disability, it will be called the last resort.

This is an empty claim. Everyone who has ever used harmful reinforcers and brutal punishments has claimed that they are only used when they are necessary.

Calling something ‘the last resort’ means “it’s that person’s fault I’m doing this; I could not possibly do otherwise.”

Ruti Regan