I want to rage, to erase this crushing sense of helplessness in my lungs. To snarl instead of sobbing. I wanted to be shocked at this injustice. To be surprised and treat this as a horrific incident and not just a symptom of a bigger problem.
But I've witnessed how racist bigots reacted to Floyd, the instinctive racist response and "jokes" when people identified China as the one who was at fault with the whole COVID-situation, and how I immediately thought that those "low-key" racist thoughts will escalate someday to deadly actions. I listened to some of my friends when they said that I'm exaggerating.
And I wish- I wish I was. I wished that they were right and I was wrong. But look at our bloodied history. Look at where we are now.
what’s happening in the UK right now: the murder of sarah everard, who went missing in london last week and whose body was found a few days ago and the publication of a survey which found that 97% of women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment has caused public uproar about misogyny and violence against women. sarah, who went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house, did everything women are “supposed to” as she walked home in the dark: wear bright clothing, stick to main roads, walk under bright street lights. the last image of her alive is from CCTV footage taken about 30 mins walking distance from her home, in which she can be seen talking to her boyfriend on the phone. the man who’s been charged with her murder is a cop. and not just any cop, a diplomatic protection officer, which means he’s one of around 5% of cops in the UK that carries a gun, although he was allegedly off duty at the time and we don’t know how sarah was murdered yet. FIVE independent investigations have been opened in connection to the cop’s arrest. the uk gov is going to debate making misogyny a hate crime. violence against women isn’t new, but this level of outrage is significant.
update: a peaceful vigil that was held tonight at clapham common, london, one of the last places sarah walked through before her abduction (source), has turned violent. (the relevant hashtag is #reclaimthesestreets.) the london met police are now snatching and arresting peaceful protestors, less than two weeks after one of their fellow officers snatched sarah off the street and murdered her. (sources x,x) sarah was a white woman, so this protest against the police is specifically with regards to their misogyny and male violence against women in general.
Dear non-autistic fans of the new Power Rangers 2017 reboot.
I am autistic, as is Billy.
As we all know, Billy is the Blue Ranger. This may be an issue in April. Blue is the “awareness” color used by Autism Speaks, a charity that is offensive to a large portion of the autistic community.
Please do not associate Billy with the blue puzzle piece of Autism Speaks. Not in April, not ever.
Please do not create autism awareness “light it up blue” mood boards using the Blue Ranger. Not in April, not ever.
Do not buy any Power Rangers stuff if it has blue puzzle pieces or the Autism Speaks logo on it because that gives money to that organization.
Autism Speaks is an insult to autistic people everywhere and has done harm to the autistic community.
Most of the autistic community encourages a boycott of Autism Speaks and any products that donate to it.
* * * You can learn more here:
Autism Speaks being big and well-known doesn’t mean they’re good. (Just like PETA, the Susan B. Komen foundation and some branches of the American Red Cross are trash...google those names with the word controversy.)
Autism Speaks gave platforms to people who expressed a desire to kill their autistic children. Their founder, Suzanne Wright,(who passed away recently) has referred to autistic people as “missing”, as if we aren’t really people, and compared us to people with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) who are “out of touch with time” in an appeal to the Vatican. This is very infantilizing language!
Autism Speaks exploits autistic people to get your money.
Autism Speaks only give 3% of their donations to autistic people while everything else is feeding their pockets, research (that is not helpful to us), advertising and marketing. So that means that you hand Autism Speaks 20 dollars...and after it’s all spent the autistic community gets 60 cents.
Autism Speaks has stolen intellectual property from autistic people.
Autism Speaks doesn’t have any autistic people in representative or leadership roles, yet it claims to represent autistic people.
Autism Speaks has used fear mongering propaganda tactics to make you think autism is a horrible epidemic that is ruining lives.
Autism Speaks has never apologized for any of its negative rhetoric, propaganda, theft, silencing of autistic voices or causing much of the negative stigma that still affects autistic people to this day.
I will probably get a lot of reblogs telling me to shut up because that’s what Autism Speaks supporters do. Autism Speaks trains you to ignore autistic voices as “trolls” to further silence us.
Please listen to me, an autistic person.
Don’t insult the autistic community by associating Billy, the Blue Ranger, with “light it up blue”, autism awareness stuff, blue puzzle pieces or Autism Speaks.
In April, the autistic community goes #REDInstead. We wear red instead of blue to protest Autism Speaks’ negative rhetoric and to bring about acceptance rather than useless awareness. We’re taking back April and turning it into Autism Acceptance month. You can participate whether you’re autistic or not.
Awareness focuses on symptoms.
Acceptance focuses on personhood.
Jason, the Red Ranger, had it right when he became friends with Billy.
Be a Jason to the Billy in your life by listening to autistic voices.
This began as a commission for @ehentalix and sorta took over into a steadily escalating freight train.
What would happen if Steven died? What if his gem lived on without him? What would he be? What would he feel? Would he even be Steven?
Personally, I think of him as an empty slate.
If the gems are computer-ESC, (I mean, heck, Pearl’s song in the movie may as well been a windows program) When Rose made Steven I’d imagine she unintentionally cleaned away the programming by doing so. Unlike other gem’s he didn’t wake up able to walk. He wasn’t born knowing what he was supposed to do or how to do it. No, he just was a baby. He was human. His gem was empty of knowledge, of its base files. He wasn’t programmed.
So if that humanity in him died. If that piece of Steven that made him empathetic, that made him, him...
￼ ￼ ￼Page 2 ￼ “And so, I know I was preaching about morals last week but we can’t risk this again. I change my mind - we need to start ejecting people. I’m so sorry.” [Tumblr screwed over my “read more” two times now so I’m long posting. I apologize.]
There's a post going around about "the guy who tried to kill Reagan is out of prison and singing love songs on youtube"
The post is kind of ridiculous and funny out of context but its kind critical to know that this guy was Jodie Foster's stalker, who became obsessed with her after seeing her in Taxi Driver at the age of twelve. He began stalking her and trying to make contact while she was at university. He didn't try to kill Reagan out of some based political ideology or whatever, but because he thought the notoriety would impress Jodie Foster, he originally planned on commiting suicide in front of her.
Whether he was released because he's been successfully rehabilitated or not i dont think is relevant, he did this for fame and admiration from a young woman who was traumatised by what he did, it's the same shit that school shooters do. he doesn't deserve attention or respect.
it's not "king shit" or "based," he was a fucking creep.
murderers are so embarrassing like how does a grown ass adult have so much free time on their hands that theyre out killing and attacking people…. dont you have like a job or something 😕 idk just like pick a cuter hobby
Posting “dank memes” like “when the autistic kid...” actually harms autistic people.
And you’re awful if you post them.
I’m autistic. I see these memes here and there. I’m not laughing. Many autistic people are not laughing. I don’t give a flying winged fuck about who your audience is, you are harming autistic people with those memes.
Don’t give me a shit excuse like “It’s just a joke.”
NO, it’s a matter of life and death!
Memes like that feed into already incorrect beliefs that many people have about autism.
We’re not lacking in intelligence or humanity.
Some of us have intellectual or cognitive disabilities as well as being autistic. Some of us aren’t able to communicate understandably. Some of us can’t live independently. Some of us wear diapers. Some of us can’t be in a room alone because we beat ourselves until we break bones and detach our retinas. Some of us depend on others for every aspect of life.
Our most vulnerable autistic community members are hurt the most by your “dank memes”.
Don’t give me excuses of “they’ll never read it!” because the people who take care of them or see them every day very well could. They laugh at the memes and carry those beliefs into their caregiving. That can lead to the autistic person suffering abuse or worse.
The most vulnerable members of the autistic community can’t come here to defend themselves.
But I’m an autistic person who can make myself understood, so I’m coming here to defend them. I’m just one person, and I don’t expect anybody to keep reading, but I’m talking anyway.
Your memes aren’t funny.
Autistic people with extensive support needs are constantly abused (and can’t tell anyone) and murdered for being “too much work” for their caregivers. It’s been shown that many caregivers who kill the autistic person had access to extra support and didn’t utilize it.
The autistic person’s privacy is ignored in favor of putting crisis moments online as videos for people to gawk at and their humanity is thrown away to turn them into a side show freak.
Your dank memes do exactly the same thing.
They dehumanize us. They hurt us. They remind us that people still see us as something to squash under your shoe like a bug.
REMEMBER REGIS. SAY HER NAME. FIGHT FOR HER AND THOSE WHO WERE MURDERED BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. BLACK MEN AND WOMEN LIVES MATTER. SHE HASNT BEEN SPOKEN ABOUT ENOUGH. REPOST. POST ABOUT HER. SHE WAS THROWN OFF THE BALCONY BY COPS. THIS IS MURDER. REST IN POWER REGIS.