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Anti-vaxxers and ableism: 3 ways we must advocate for people with disabilities

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I saw that the CDC director stated that it’s “encouraging” mostly already-ill people will die from COVID, my ableist spidey senses went up. And, judging by the ensuing outrage on Twitter, I wasn’t the only one mentally going, “What the hell?!” We know that anti-vaxxers do not care about the needs or lives of […]

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Thinking towards anti-essentialist ethics

Reading Time: 4 minutes Essentialism is antithetical to secular ethics. As a scholar in the humanities and social sciences, I teach my students about essentialism when I teach about identity. Essentialism, neatly defined by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic in Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, is the “search for the unique essence of a group.” They further discuss essentialism […]