Cancer Inc.

One of the many problems with the charity model of disability is that it is used as a way to distract people from systemic problems about disability. Charity both blames individuals and works to keep people from changeling social injustices.

One of the most glaring examples of this is within the mainstream cancer societies and organizations. They are heavily funded by corporations that distribute economic and environmental injustices and then attribute our sicknesses to individual behaviours and make themselves look benevolent while working to prop up industrial capitalism. Like other charities around disability, these guys have created an industry around finding a cure while doing little or nothing for the daily lives of disabled people (and in this case, it is trying to cure the results of, in many instances, being poisoned by the same people).

For a good article about this, read Cancer Inc. in Sierra Magazine.

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Cancer Inc. in Sierra Magazine.