John Elder Robison’s mere existence offends me. Haha, yeah, I know, heavy statement and all. Call the cooops because Dean said something mean and nasty about a person who was inflicting untold psychological distress upon him, and all.
Seriously, though, we need to talk seriously about Robison. Does publically resigning from Autism Speaks make one any less of the autistic equivalent of a house nigger? No. It does not.
Robison has simply stolen what a lot of people have stated on journals like this one and taken credit for it. Oh, so you have not heard of a charity organisation that has had its right to exist called into question by so many of the people it proclaims to be for before, John? Guess what, John. I have been saying exactly the same thing since shortly after I was diagnosed. Since Autism Speaks was known by the far more offensive and thus, truthful, name of Cure Autism Now, in fact. That is how long I have been saying that if Diabetes America or the Cancer Foundation were to behave in the manner that Autism Speaks does, their legal status as a charity would be terminated.
Why then, passives, were you patting this dimwit on the back for coming to the same realisation as many of us who have been facing off against curebies on the ‘net when you were still children had approximately a decade ago?
(Yes, that is a serious question. If Lydia Brown et al can post a satisfactory answer to it, I will be sure to copy and paste it here.)
And let me be clear about this. I do not genuinely believe John when he claims that he is one of us. He is a dimwit. An intelligent autistic adult (yes, I know I am being redundant) can easily get online and look up the literal deluge of opposition and outright hatred that Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes receives from the autistic. Every word, every position, every statement that Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes posts brings with it a deluge of oppositional writing, videoing, and audio from autistic individuals. How then, that John could genuinely believe that he could effect positive change from within an organisation that has refused to change in the face of this opposition for over a decade, is a question well worth asking.
And it is not as if John has exactly persisted in helping the autistic, either. Thus far, all we have heard from him is “I did not realise Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes was the Nazi party reborn even though I could easily research this fact for myself, I resign, end of”. He has not started any kind of political action group to counter Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes. He has not persisted in contacting Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes’ sponsors and explained to them why he has left. He has not spoken to lawmakers concerning the legitimacy of Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes’ tax exemption. All of these things are things that autistic adults of all stripes want done. He is in a position where he could do them, and he has not done them.
Why are you patting him on the back, passives?
Also quite worthy of asking is why Robison is so damned silent when the autistic are getting up in great amounts and shouting about the terroristic nature of his former organisation. Seriously. One could hear a piece of nail clipping hitting the floor over the volume of his statements to the press in the wake of his resignation. It is literally as if he no longer wants to be heard, even if it is only to clarify to angry Powell types like myself why he ever bothered with Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes in the first place. Maybe he really is unaware that he is to autistic adults what Bill Cosby is to black Americans, a house nigger. But he cannot be unaware that autistic adults do not want a “dialogue” with Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes, rather we want them dissolved and declared illegal, unless he is an idiot of such magnitude as to exclude him from the autistic spectrum anyway.
At present, the biggest problem that the autistic civil rights movement faces is not a seeming inability to be heard. Rather, it is a distinct unwillingness to make itself heard. Powell types practically scream for the blood of Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes and the murderers of autistic children. The passives simply sit there and repeat the same passive acceptance over and over. It is truly disheartening. In the earlier years of the Indochine conflict, people who sat and accepted the atrocities of the French and eventually American occupation forces were branded traitors, and killed.
I have called Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes a terrorist organisation before. That makes it pretty clear how to fight them in front of the public. Cordon off their marches and forcibly prevent them from marching. Rip down their propaganda posters. Throw blood on them. It is a war of public spectacle at present, and they are winning. Unless the unwashed public can be made to understand how much the mere existence of their organisation offends us, they will continue to win. We must remove their veil of righteous crusading heroes and brand them as the child-killing quacks that they really are.
But I feel it is pointless to continue pointing things like this out, in light of how forgiving of Robison you have behaved. Not to mention how silent things have gotten around him.