Recently, it came to my attention that those wacky know-it-alls at Anonymous have decided to post a video about the Judge Rotenberg Centre for our edification. I will keep this one brief because, really, there is not a hell of a lot to say.
Anonymous are clearly not able to understand the goals of the autistic community. Then again, that is hardly surprising from a group who respond to any use of language or phrasings that do not meet their Everyone Must Be Net Literate style with “lurk moar, newfag”. No, seriously, I got that from an article that was pro the group. And yes, I reacted to that in similar terms then as I do now.
The protests of the fact that the Judge Rotenberg Centre is allowed to exist have been going on for over a decade, Anonymous. For years, we have been on and on about how this horrible place should be closed down and a commission appointed to look into what rights the autistic (of all kinds, not just the profoundly disabled) deserve. For us, autism civil rights is not some trend to just jump onto and say hey about. It is a dangerous game in which loss entails the wholesale destruction of our lives without objection from the legal system. So I hope I speak for at least some of us when I say that your jumping on the bandwagon just to remind the world that you are there has us absolutely gobsmacked.
The recent case in which a young man was tortured by the Judge Rotenberg Centre might have stirred you up from your state of apathy towards us, but I am here to tell you now. We have been cataloguing Human rights violations by the Centre for over a decade. We have consistently presented complaints to the authorities about them for at least a decade. And we protest the existence of the Judge Rotenberg Centre the right way, too. Whilst being a bunch of faceless, nameless so and so’s in masks might be necessary, even the right way to go, with such evil groups as the Church Of Scientology (whom we also have beefs with that you apparently did not consider important), it is counterproductive with the Judge Rotenberg Centre.
A great song by the Sydney band Cruciform entitled Gutter describes in one verse what I believe is a common nightmare for autistic individuals of my generation. The person from whose point of view the song is reflecting feels faceless, and nameless. When normalists try to devalue the lives of the autistic, the mentally ill, the disabled, Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, you name it, they all do one very common and essential (to their cause) thing: they strip us of our humanity. We counter this by making sure our opponents know damned well who we are, who our friends are, and by going as noisily as we possibly can. We are the very antithesis of a movement that hides behind masks and sits in the shadows, droning catchphrases at our target. In the first video I posted to protest Autism Speaks’ existence (and by extension people like the Judge Rotenberg Centre), I opened by saying “I am Dean McIntosh, and I am autistic” (or something similar). Because blurring out my face and refusing to take credit for my identity was only going to hurt my point.
So please, Anonymous. We are not, and do not want to be, your latest fashion statement. We have multiple enemies bent on our total destruction to protest the existence of, and we will continue to have such long after you forget who we are. We have no need of, and do not want, your help. I believe I speak for many people who know the score when I say that your volunteering it without so much as talking to us has put more dread in my daily life, not taken it away.
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