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"Trump supporters, meanwhile, are now openly vowing to rid the US of non-whites (referred to as “MUDS”) in America entirely." http://qz.com/833607/us-election-a-rash-o
- Muds Straight out of Harry Potter, effing NIMBY pro-WASP story about a Jesus-hero who can't mature past wondering when his slave will bring him a bloody sandwhich! It could have been a great series, with a great message, that made kids not just interested in reading but in being more compassionate- in growing up to fight hate instead of being blind to it. Maybe today's news headlines would be different... maybe not... but I wouldn't be wondering. Those "lets make a utopia wizarding world on earth" fans made me sick from the moment I heard of them. Were they completely blind to the whitewashing, twisted morality, regurgitated homophobic symbolism, ableism, sloppy self-serving offensive misuse of living history etc etc....? Did they see it, but not care, or did they actually see it and yet still think that that was the way to a better future? "She didn't mean it that way" / "it was just all in good fun", is no excuse; (it may not have been intentional; writing was cheap therapy for depression and stress, but also out came the toxicity she was raised up on (that we all are raised up on to some extent or another), and that was left on the pages, unexamined, or worse, turned into a punchline. )
I don't care if she makes a smart twitter now and then; her stories and their symbolism are what lodged in people's minds. Even when the details are forgotten, or the dots of the symbolism aren't consciously connected, they still fester at the back of the mind, and come out later, in words, or worse, in actions.
Using the series (its slogans, symbols, etc) to show solidarity at this juncture is just utterly disturbing to me. It's like holding up 1984 or It Can't Happen Here or The Handmaid's Tale as a book we can symbolically unite under... except that THOSE books would make sense because they were MEANT to be dystopian warnings to guard against... Harry Potter doesn't realise that its dystopian, that it begins screwed up, and the hero's winning means that everything can go back to the same screwed up status que, just without a charasmatic leader (which is almost worse, becuase who/how do you fight that? and before you figure it out, a new meglomaniac will likely come fill the vacuum). That inability to recognise itself as dystopian makes it, and the people that hold JKR's world up as 'harmless fun' or worse, 'an utopia to strive for', all the more disturbing and disgusting.
I seriously don't know why the people who were banning and burning those books (and sadly, we know some) weren't using them for raising up their little army of bigots; it was practically a manual in how to do Evil, under the banner of 'being Right'/being 'christian', and getting away with it, because it is for the 'greater good', where 'greater good' is New Speak for supporting sexism, queerphobia, xenophobia, racism, etc etc. 100 points to Gryffindor for the Gallant use of a bloody Unforgivable!
Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.
This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.
Therefore, when parents say,
I wish my child did not have autism,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.
Read that again.
This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence.
This is what we hear when you pray for a cure.
This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.
"I celebrate my Autistic, Disabled life.
It seems illogical, but it is not...
It is about assumptions, based on what is considered “normal”, how we are supposed to feel about things considered “difficult to live with”.... I do not celebrate that majority or their assumptions....
I celebrate MYSELF, my LIFE, and everything about me. I do celebrate being non-speaking because I believe I am a better me when I am really LISTENING and LEARNING. I celebrate being non-speaking because it is the only me I know, and because I can still “say” what I want to say, and fight for my rights, without oral speech...."
BETTER QUALITY / SIZE image is available here: http://fithfath.com/agangi/gallery/main.p
I've had this multimedia piece hanging around for a couple years now so i figured I'd finish it finally for Autism Awareness Month. I'm not that happy with how it turned out, but it's one less thing sitting here unfinished at least.
Today is #LightItUpBlue day, launched in 2010 by #AutismSpeaks. The cartoon above features "soundbites" from past "awareness" campaigns by Autism $peaks. DON'T "Light it up Blue", DON'T Support Autism Speaks, learn why here: http://www.boycottautismspeaks.com/why-b
I have not written much for a long while, so in an effort to make it more habitual, I am using this month as a springboard. I will try to make at least one post each day this month on Autism, it might be a long post, or it might be nothing more than a link to something by someone else. If I can manage my spoons, I may post something 'off topic' as well... I dunno... our pets, fanfic related, whatever. Hopefully, I will find it easier to be more active about posting after April is over with.
PS: Please do NOT donate to "Autism Speaks". I will write, or find a link, about why, and will find some other groups people can donate to instead, in an upcoming post.
My first two links for Autism Awareness month: