Okay, this is really important.
this is much needed right now in the midst of everything else we’ve been doing in solidarity for mike - let’s not forget how Black, disabled folks are also targets, especially those with autism, due to behaviors cops love to read as “aggressive”, on top of their racism.
This is an area where I think white autistic advocacy people (myself included) run the risk of screwing up badly.
The cops aren’t going to shoot me for stimming in public.
But there are Black parents who legitimately think that indistinguishability will stop their child from getting shot. There are Middle Eastern parents with reason to worry about how their son’s lack of eye contact will be perceived.
Treating them like they have the same reasons as white parents for trying to make their kids indistinguishable isn’t useful or okay.
(It doesn’t *necessarily* mean they’re making the right decision either. But it does mean it’s a lot less likely white people are qualified to make that call.)
My little brother’s cuter than yours.