There’s def an unspoken feeling of a template for what an autistic creator/advocate (that actually gets heard) *looks like.* And yes, it’s racist.

White autistic creators need to stop trying to model “the autistic voice” after themselves to retain power. It’s dangerous & selfish
Like...have we not learned the fact that trying to profile what autism *looks like* led to a sexist profile, that’s left autistic women out in the cold for decades?

Are y’all *really* going to be part of a group of people that does this with race, too?
When there are white autistic creators out there engaging in racist platform-hogging, I’d love to know - so I can be sure I’m not following them.

Any white autistic that’s part of the autistic community at large should feel this way.
#Autistics as an overall group know exclusion, profiling, & abusive treatment based on “what you should look & act like” from birth, so how can you justify feeling any other way...? To try to be a sycophant to a white autistic w/a bigger platform?

Again, gross AND dangerous.
Yes, DANGEROUS. A singular, racist image of “what autistic is” doesn’t just silence black & BIPOC autistic creators, or put a ceiling on how far their message travels, & how influential they can be.

It also flat-out affects the template for *what allistics/NTs see autism as.*
How can you not see how wide-reaching this problem is?

-Already racist LE forgetting Black & BIPOC autistics exist

-Educators forgetting this, & the effect on education opportunities & quality

-Health providers forgetting this, & the affect on Black & BIPOC autistic health
White autistics using racial privilege, forgetting it exists, & stylizing autism in their (white) likeness, for the purposes of clout /influence?

It’s not a game or popularity contest. This has real life consequences.

I can’t anymore rn. My hands are done, & my ❤️ is disgusted.
But one last thing I want to ask - with the high-frequency correlations between autism, EDS, & MCAS - where are the Black & BIPOC people in EDS/MCAS spaces?

Not getting diagnosed, because of healthcare inequalities, & more medicalized racial profiling?

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