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A quiz for socially aware readers:

Do you know whether these two quotes were taken from the same source?


Quote # 1:  "Living with autism can be a very cold and lonely life for a child. Not to mention, very challenging for the whole family. One day, that child living with autism, will grow up to be an adult living with autism."


Quote # 2:  "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for our children."


Had enough time to think?  Ready to answer?  OK.


Quote # 1 came from an autism-awareness site owned by a well-known charitable organization in the United States.


Quote # 2 is a rallying cry of white supremacists, often found on their disgusting websites, and written by the infamous terrorist David Lane (now imprisoned) of The Order.  The adherents of this vile creed proclaim that there is an urgent need to save Earth from being overrun by genetically inferior people.  I altered one word of the original text, which reads "white children," rather than "our children."


If you couldn't see a difference in the tone of the two quotes, it's not surprising.  The fact is, there's not much difference between racist hate groups and anti-autism groups.  Both spout a constant barrage of prejudiced propaganda declaring that Earth would be much better off without certain kinds of people in it.  The only difference is the methods they want to use to carry out their ethnic cleansing schemes.  White supremacists want to use guns, bombs, and gas chambers.  Neurotypical supremacists, on the other hand, cleverly do their dirty work behind the scenes, raising money for a supposed 'cure' and then using the money to fund genetic research to develop a prenatal test.  But the goal of both kinds of groups is the same: total eradication of a minority population.


I shouldn't have to convince anyone that autistic people are human beings, so I'm not going to write a long essay on why it would be wrong to kill us off.  Anyway, William Shakespeare said it best, 400 years ago, in Shylock's speech in The Merchant of Venice:


"I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes?  Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?"


Substitute the word 'Autistic' for 'Jew' and think about it the next time some bigot tries to tell you that autistic people have no feelings and no humanity.