Defective and Deficient

White Supremacy and Disability Oppression Tangled Together

  • Eli Clare
Keywords: disability, defectiveness, body-mind, deficiency, ableism, racism, accessibility


Eli Clare presented “Defective and Deficient: White Supremacy and Disability Oppression Tangled Together” as a keynote address at the 2018 White Privilege Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. The keynote outlines some of the ways the ableist construction of defectiveness is used both historically and currently to strengthen and maintain white supremacy.

Author Biography

Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare is a writer and activist living near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont).

For more than a decade, he has traveled across the United States and Canada speaking, training, and teaching at over 300 (and counting) conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer/trans identities, and social justice. He has written three books and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies.

Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

How to Cite
Clare, E. (2019). Defective and Deficient. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 9(1), 1 - 7. Retrieved from
Conference Keynote Addresses