So, how many weeks has it been since one brave soul who still has not owned up and thus spread the potential fallout to other neighbours made written threats to an autistic child and his mother? This is a serious question. I would like to be able to state an average concerning the number of identifiable threats the autistic receive from day to day, week to week, and so on.
So, recently, and the latest subject of outrage on the autistic grapevine, is one Kelli Stapleton. Kelli is such a hero that she shut her fourteen year old daughter up in a van, good and tight, then used a pair of devices I forget the exact naming of to fill the van up with smoke. Essentially, Kelli Stapleton tried to gas her child to death. And what was this daughter’s crime against Kelli to warrant this kind of sadistic execution (pun not intended at all)?
Simply put, Issi Stapleton is autistic.
Okay, so nothing is ever really that simple, but the complicating factors make this even worse. I will address them in turn.
Neurodivergent K. has already written something that was on my mind a lot whilst I was learning about this case. Namely, that a lot of us have been in a similar position to Issi in the past. There are so many of us who could have been Issi Stapleton that prosecuting this attempted murder as a hate crime is not merely the logical thing to do, but the right thing to do.
I will not go into my own history and tell you about how growing up with a mother too young to cope with me created a pervasive environment of fear.
But what I will tell you is that when all of you pieces of shit out there in zombieland cry “awww poor mother who tried to kill her autistic daughter”, you are sending people like myself and Neurodivergent K. a very strong message. You are telling us that our lives are worthless, and that people who try to kill us simply for being us are heroes. In other words, that you approve of an entire group of people being murdered for an attribute that we can help less than you can help your eye colour, skin colour, or exceptionally selfish, ignorant brain.
There are historical precedents for this kind of behaviour, none of them good. Here is a (not exhaustive) list.
- In World War I, the Armenians were forced on death marches by the Turkish military. Armenian political leaders, educators, writers, and clergy were imprisoned, tortured, then hanged or shot.
- In the days leading up to World War II, German dictator Adolf Hitler ordered the extermination of every Jew living in German or German-occupied territory. And they were not the only ones. Mental patients, homosexuals, gypsies, and just about anyone he considered “defective” were murdered. Ironically, whilst he stated that nobody remembers the Armenians when doubts were expressed about his plans, his is still the best-remembered genocide in Human history.
- From 1937 to 1938, Japanese occupational forces engaged in a brutal slaughter and mass-rape of citizens in the Chinese town of Nanking. Japanese forces participating in this atrocity were specifically trained both to think of compassion or even what we call simple Human decency as weaknesses and to regard the enemy as less than Human. The Westerners who tried to help the citizenry of Nanking by setting up an exclusion zone within the town would say, among other things, in one case that he did not imagine that such cruel people existed in the modern world.
- From 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime tried to create an “agrarian utopia” (gee, remind you of something?) in the nation of Cambodia. People were worked to death, or simply shot, or worse yet locked in prisons where they were tortured to death. An estimated quarter of the Cambodian population died. That is, two million people. The Khmer Rouge justified this unbridled slaughter of its own people (usually intellectuals and other thinking persons, at least when it was deliberate as opposed to accidentally-on-purpose) with slogans like “What is rotten must be removed”.
Now, what do all of these historical genocides have in common with the one that is currently being perpetrated upon the autistic? Simple.
Every one of these genocides was started with a goal in mind. Ranging from removing a portion of the population of one nation that the leadership felt to be undesirable to creating a state in which only farmers exist. (You did wonder why my hatred of ruralists is so venomous I could kill every farmer in the world if I could somehow make that hatred flesh, yeah?) The goal of the curebies seems to be pretty similar. They wish to either see a world without autistic people, or a world where autistic people can be made “not autistic anymore”.
Every one of these genocides was carried out by a brutal, inhumane means. Whether it be marching people through deserts until they die, killing them in specially-built chambers with commercial pesticides, or making them work in unsustainable conditions until they die, genocide is an activity well-noted for its brutality.
Every one of these genocides was committed in stages. And a vital stage in them, one that they could not have succeeded to the degree they did without, was dehumanising the target. In fact, the similarities between the Nazi efforts to dehumanise the “defective” (their word, not mine) and curebie efforts to dehumanise us are as frightening as they are uncanny.
It has been found in numerous analyses of combat and how soldiers behave in it that the greenest of recruits in wars tend to try to fire in the general direction of the enemy rather than precisely aim at said enemy. This was especially the case in Vietnam, where eighteen year olds were conscripted into a war they saw no justification for and made to fight an enemy they knew very little about. Usually, they only performed a singular one-year tour of duty, to boot. When you know almost nothing about your enemy or why you are fighting him, you end up having to take it on yourself to dehumanise him. And that, as documented in films like Platoon, had disastrous results.
So leaders wishing to eradicate a population have to very carefully do it in stages. And the effort to make fence-sitters, parents, or health workers think of autistic individuals as inhuman or defective (their word), is truly legendary. Small wonder then, that when one proclaims “autism needs fixing”, it strikes a bolt of dread into the heart of many autistic adults who have seen this all before.
Against the background of a mother trying to murder her autistic child, this is a horrifying thing. And when the people who do not know their arse from their ear about autism cry “oh that poor mother” [who just tried to kill her child], it sends autistic adults, especially Powell types like myself, a message. Essentially, it tells us that the efforts to dehumanise us have been successful, and we are no longer people to them. Just defectives who walk around stressing out their fellows and making everyone else’s life a problem. So they want us to be deceased so we will cease to be a problem. (¡Fukk the police, yo!)
This is one reason why the passives who sit and expect to be rewarded with acceptance if they just beg for it enough frustrate me so. Passives, the blood of people like Issi Stapleton (whom doctors fear will suffer brain injury as a result of Kelli‘s murderous actions, making the “oh poor mother” shit even more outrageous) is on your hands.
I do not just want Kelli Stapleton prosecuted for hate crimes. I demand it. I seriously believe that Kelli Stapleton should be spending the rest of her life and change behind bars. And furthermore, if anyone out there is willing to avail their ability to knock her off (whether behind bars our outside), I will be glad to pass the hat around to get it done. (One reason I want her imprisoned is because it is both easier and cheaper to kill a person when they are in prison.)
Prosecuting Kelli Stapleton‘s actions as a hate crime will also help stem the tide of other hate crimes against the autistic. As will an amendment to Constitutions stating that it is no longer acceptable to discriminate against or injure people on the basis of their neurology.
Legislatures of all so-called “democratic” nations, you too are complicit in this attempted murder. For too long, you have been excusing crimes against autistic people on the basis of things like “they are not an identifiable group” (we are) and such. This makes me question if you even know what “democracy” really means. (As I have stated elsewhere, it is not “do whatever fifty percent plus one wants to do”, but rather “everyone in the society has rights, and those rights are the basis of our laws”.) Every week or so, I have to learn of another incident in which someone has killed an autistic child, been excused for killing an autistic child on a spurious basis, or both. And it is having a deleterious effect upon my health that, in a nation or world where the rights of the autistic were respected, would be legally actionable.
America, this situation is eerily reminiscent of the manner in which you have treated, and continue to treat, your black population. In the 1970s, the Black Panthers wanted to form their own “police force” and go around armed in order to either deter or respond forcefully to crimes against black Americans. You responded by trying to pass a law to, ironically, make possession of firearms illegal to the civilian populace. The only thing that is stopping similar events from occurring with regard to the autistic is that there are so many Passives. And believe me, if murders and/or attempted murders like this one keep getting excused on the basis of the victim being autistic, the Passives are not going to keep staying passive.
Now, with all of that out of the way, do I have anything I want to say to Issi? Surprisingly, no, but I do have some things that I want to say to those who contributed to Issi‘s current situation.
First, the American legislation, “liberty and justice for all” means for all. It does not mean only for approved neurologies. If you are too lazy or ignorant to give Issi justice, then you best own up to it now, because I am sure someone out there is thinking along the same lines as I do. That Issi will not have justice until we get off our arses and claim it for her.
Secondly, to the assholes who cry “oh poor mother of an autistic child”. You are beneath contempt. Every crime that is perpetrated upon an autistic child, I feel compelled to ask you how you would comment or respond if this were a normie child we were talking about. If you cannot look me in the face and say that you would cry for Kelli if Issi were just as normie as she is, then your cries for Kelli on the basis of Issi being autistic make you just as disgusting, if not more so, as Kelli.
Thirdly, to the assholes who cry “oh poor mother of an autistic child”. Your claims, and Kelli‘s claims, that Issi acted violently towards Kelli just will not wash. Just. Will. Not. Wash. When children act violently towards their parents, there is pretty much always a reason for it. Usually a good one. In my case, it was because my parental units demostrated so little respect for my rights as a person, my privacy, and my personal space, that even being in their presence today is extremely uncomfortable for me. As in “victim being in a courtroom with the rapist” uncomfortable. I truly hope Issi recovers with no visible brain injury whatsoever so she can confront the press and tell them exactly how Kelli was treating her before this happened.
Fourth, to the press parroting Kelli, shame on you. The heart of a democratic society is a credible “fourth estate”, aka press. You had zero credibility before you started tooting this horn, and you have even less now. And a journal-publishing site that would give Kelli the time of day is disgusting beyond words. “Oh, hai, I tried to kill my autistic child and now I want to try and justify it to everyone” is one of the best arguments as to why the Internet and ownership thereof should be regulated just like traditional media should be (but is not). Charles Manson was not allowed to profit from the murders committed on his orders. Why should Kelli Stapleton be allowed to profit or even talk about her act of attempted murder?
Fifth, and finally, to child protective services in the area covering Kelli and Issi Stapleton, you are lower than shit. If we use the estimates both for cases of child neglect and abuse, as well as the “for each case, twelve go unreported” statistic, that means approximately half of the children in America are neglected and/or abused. Warning signs must have been radiating out of this family like heat from a volcano. Where the hell were you? And if you try to pull the “she was autistic” excuse on me, look out.
It seems that he/she/they was autistic has become the twenty-first century’s answer to she was asking for it. Their similarity is that both statements make me want to break my foot off in the speaker’s butthole.