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Longtime readers know a bit about my brother…that he is the older of my two older siblings and he has autism. He is aphasic, and he makes loud funky noises…he gets excited when he likes a song and he twirls and dances. He looks “normal”…a lot younger than his 43 years, but still “normal” in presentation if not behavior.
So, I know that his behavior could get him beat up or shot.
He likes to look in car windows.
He doesn’t understand “the rules.”
He likes people…and the smell of freshly washed hair or French fries on someone’s plate.
We work on it with him…we watch him closely.
Because we live in a country where black men get shot and killed for seeking help after a car accident…or refusing to turn down music…or walking home after going to the corner store.
This is why you still benefit from white privilege if you are autistic. This is why we need to talk about it. It matters. Seriously.