I wish I could say something new about George Hodgins.
I wish there were words to really express
what a tragedy his death is,
and the deaths of other Autistics,
other People with Disabilities.
There aren’t words.
Just as there aren’t words to express
what horror and tragedy
the Murder of Trayvon Martin
Who was Black, but not Autistic
or of Stephon Watts, who was black
and Autistic and scared, holding a
butter knife, or the murder of
Ernest Vassell last fall for
holding a toy gun while Black
and Autistic. (Or the arrests
of Neli Latson, and of his mother
for calling people on racism.)
This is what has been done to
Young Black Men in this country.
To Young Black PwD.
There aren’t words.
There aren’t words for
the horror of baby Rylan
Rochester, age 6 months,
whose mother thought he
might be Autistic after working
At a hospital serving Autistics
and so she smothered him.
There can’t be words.
There can’t be words for
The grief, anger, and fear
of living in a world where
Hate, fear, bigotry, and
complex social mythologies
Let people make excuses
for murder. Lets them empower
Blais after her sentance, or
air Latimer’s vitrol while
blocking dissenting comments.
All I can do is show you other words,
and hope they can be enough.
In memory of George:
Amanda at You Need A Cat’s Another murder. Please no.
Weird Law’s When perfection is deadly
Shannon Des Roches Rosa for BlogHer’s My Autistic Son’s Life: Not Less Valuable
Brenda at Mama Be Good’s Perpetuating the Stereotype: Autism, Parenting, & Murder
Other links of relevance:
Krip-Hop Nation’s Broken Bodies Pbp: Police Brutality & Profiling Mixtape and Where Is Hope? Documentary
In Memory of Stephon, Justice for Stephon Watts.
Please comment to add more links on these issues.
March 30th and on, Vigils for People with Disabilities Murdered by Relatives and Caregivers are happening under the direction of ASAN. These are cross disability events. The current list of vigils is at the above link, and if you absolutely can’t find a way to get to a vigil in person, I’ll be hosting the virtual vigil via tiny chat for those who are in rural areas or are housebound. (After all we are people too, even when our disabilities keep us in our homes or we live in the country.) But please, try to get to or organize a vigil in person if at all possible!