In the New York Times series, Abused and Used, the situations of developmentally disabled citizens are examined. With this series in mind, Zoe Wool has written a Savage Mind article titled “Valuing Life, Death, and Disability: Sorting People in the New York Times” looks at the way in which we, as a society, classify and sort people. Wool, who does a lot of work with military veterans, explains the overlapping conception that we have of biological facts, and misguided interpretations.
Because culture can be both created and examined through creative outlets, the New York Times shows a great example of how we, as a society, define disabled citizens. The way in which we go about quantifying the unquantifiable involving mental disabilities could be a direct factor in why these grouped-peoples are being mistreated. The series of articles not only brings to light the unethical mistreatment of these citizens, but also unintentionally shows in print the way in which we come to categorize and understand a group of people
If anyone is interested in knowing more about these articles the first article in the NYTimes series is linked above on its title, and I am also linking the 2011 video that Zoe Wool was inspired by —