PSA: Google and Autism Speaks are continuing their collaborative effort to create a genomic database on autism.
Yes, you read that right.
On the eve of Autism Acceptance Month, Google, the most widely used search engine, is teaming up with Autism Speaks to collect and send data to researchers in order to essentially "eliminate” autism. I don’t think I can understate how eugenicist this is. It is genocide by definition.
It is imperative that we speak up about this. Every autistic person (including myself) know that Autism Speaks is a hate group in all but name.
There’s not much to say about this except it is VERY wrong.
Nothing about us without us. Listen to autistic people.
(autistic people, feel free to add. allistics are encouraged to reblog but don’t be clowns)
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I think Anakin deserves more clone love, not in the sense of being owed love, but in the sense that fandom tends to put up Obi-Wan as this like... paragon of a Jedi for clones to adore? And Anakin gets dismissed as like "I guess they like Anakin as much as they like any other Jedi, maybe less because he's reckless and his body count is kinda high" or tolerated-and-ignored at best in some cases, and I disagree!
I think the troopers would genuinely like Anakin as much as Obi-Wan, but in very different ways.
(Canon) Anakin is the same developmental age as the clones at the start of the war. They're all frat boy age. They relate to Anakin in ways they can't necessarily relate to the older knights and masters. Obi-Wan is a teacher you want to impress but Anakin is your classmate that passes you notes during lectures. The clones are regimented and wouldn't pass notes because they're trained not to ignore said lectures, but my point stands.
Anakin sees contraband and his only comment is "don't get drunk until we're back on Coruscant, I don't want you getting shot if we're ambushed." Like he doesn't even disapprove quietly, he just doesn't want them getting dead.
Anakin would make jokes about his arm and I think they'd appreciate that.
(Canon) Anakin has repeatedly gone headfirst into dangerous situations without backup even when he's the least expendable person there. Bro evacuated an entire Venator and flew it alone to deal with a Separatist blockade. He just. Does that. Regularly. The troopers would be angry that he's risking himself but also kinda flattered and grateful that he jumps into danger with the rest of them.
Anakin's traumas have been many and varied and I think that if he tried to comfort a clone about something, they'd be able to feel his sincerity about how he Relates, though he might have to trauma dump a bit to get them to believe him.
I don't think he gets invited to Clone Only Things but I think that if he asks "can I join" and gets awkward "can we even say no?" affirmatives, he recognizes it BETTER than Obi-Wan does because Anakin's been the slave hiding traditions from free people before, and so he backs out and lets the clones do their thing.
Anakin has definitely traded ration bars with a clone for their preferred flavor if he heard them complaining about it. He then used foraged bugs to enhance the flavor of his own rations. This is considered a plus.
He's just. A bro. Doing bro things.
Sometimes if a bunch of troopers die, he loses his shit and completely destroys the enemy and the clones know it's not good for the Jedi to do that but like. It's flattering and reassuring that he values them.
Anakin comes with a little sister who bites things. This is a plus.
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