By Sasha Bogan | The Spire

May 5, 2023

After being referred to as “special needs” on a random Wednesday by a random person at my college, I quietly uttered the words “Absolutely not… that is my cue to go.” I swiftly packed my bags and left the study room with a sense of urgency. I jokingly took to my social media platform to express the following “Whenever people refer to me as special needs I get the same wave of anxiety when racists use the term “the blacks” when discussing race. I can’t explain it but my intersectional intuition is telling me something.” Although part of me was joking when I made the post, another part of me knew that there was something strange about how society uses the terms “special needs” and other linguistic vernacular like “the blacks.” Read more…

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