The Peer is now monitized, traded among agencies as commodities, and used as capital to cultivate and further a system of oppression.
Similar to the rape of slaves by their white owners, the forced treatment of people carrying a mental health diagnosis violently impregnated people deemed non compliant and dangerous to the general public with toxic medication to keep this vulnerable population domesticated and docile out of fear, hate through institutional & systemic oppression. People with a diagnosis were and still are locked away in hospitals through police and court powers.
These people are just like you and I; your neighbor and friend. The difference is twofold: diagnosis & participation to treatment. Similar to the color of your skin & your position in society, the peer & its role in the mental health system depends solely on the indoctrination of the person into adherence to treatment care satisfactory to the system out of fear, hate of the unknown, risk of harm; and ultimately change.
We can change but we don’t out of fear. Just as western slave society’s feared abolishment of slavery and contested its outlaw relentlessly, the mental health system, insurers and those in charge of the payment of care, risk of potential danger to people, stigma & change a system that was as entrenched as American Slavery.
The Peer is now monitized, traded among agencies as commodities, and used as capital to cultivate and further a system of oppression. Our willingness to change the system will always be complicit to what’s happening until the lie “we” is revealed as our personal responsibility and accountability to speak up & make the necessary changes in our life and our society to evolve past this evil use of social control.
We are all animals in the end. The peer is the allegory of the American South’s mulatto in a world where animalism has supplanted reason for hate, fear for evolution beyond wicked and shameless barbarism. My choice to pass over years of undoing racism is my privilege and hails me as something I never want to let go of because I am taught to love its legacy and fear any change that might disrupt its sovereign status. Indeed, peers are taught to love sometimes the very treatment that could potentially destroy them and those they serve in the mental health system.
Even down to the myth of 40 acres and a mule and total autonomy, complete freedom from the system was a lie hundreds of years ago and to this day is a promise unfulfilled by the system that freed us, discharged our people from unending forced hospitalizations and institutionalism. Today, a new neoinsitutionalism in mental health systems and powers that tell us we need to stay in treatment infefinately keeps us from questioning why we aren’t totally free from the shackles that once bound people with a diagnosis to the beds in chains.