Every Black child is born with a burden. From the moment of their first breathe, they are marked as second class citizens, because we live in a White supremacist world. If said child happens to face another marginalization like disability, for instance, this burden expands, because they must deal with the twin evils of ableism and racism. The more marginalizations one has to negotiate, the harder life will be.
Electric shock treatment was apparently used as aversion therapy in McCollins case, and was a part of his court-approved treatment plan. The Christian Report claims that literature from the Judge Rotenberg Center says electric shock “feels like a hard pinch, [have] been extensively validated in the scientific literature… [are] extremely effective, and [have] no significant adverse side effects.” Clearly, what was recorded in the video is a far cry from a mild corrective measure. The treatment of disabled children is allegedly so extreme at the Judge Rotenberg Center that Mental Disability Rights International made an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2010.
The next day, Andre was catatonic. Dr. Marc Whaley, who testified in court last week, on McColins behalf stated, “Now we have an individual who’s heavily medicated, state institutionalized with no immediate prospect of any kind of independent functioning. And all of that turned on October 25, 2002 when his psychotic disorder was traumatized by the 31 or so shocks he got on that day.”