"The prevalence of violence against people of color, its connection to disability rights, and its impact, is too great to remain silent."
Access to Independence supports the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) statement on police violence. We agree that this is “a public health issue that intersects with the disability rights movement via several different and troubling avenues:
-The traumatization of Black communities that occurs as a result of being subjected to the prevalent images of Black people being assaulted and even killed on live TV
-The aggravation of anxiety and other related mental health conditions as a result of constant monitoring by law enforcement in one’s own community
-The onset of acquired disabilities as a consequence of police violence that does not result in death
-The reality that police violence is a mitigating factor in overall health disparities prevalent within Black communities that, ultimately, impact overall life expectancy rates for Black people”
Please read the full statement HERE https://ncil.org/featured-news/#more-24
The prevalence of violence against people of color, its connection to disability rights, and its impact, is too great to remain silent.