Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On a Recent Huffington Post Article

Around a week ago, this article was posted to the Huffington post.

Quite frankly, my initial reaction to it was to think that it was an April Fool's joke. The sheer absurdity of the juxtaposition involved in talking about healing divides while spewing hate speech is striking.

Yes, hate speech. It's pretty unambiguous. Reading through the comments, however, it quickly becomes apparent that people don't get it.

Well, some commentators do. Thanks, Kim! (And, of course, all of the other people who I don't know...)

At the moment, the commentators seem to be divided between those who engage in reification error and those who don't. This is... pretty typical, really.

In any case... let's see. The post characterizes the neurodiversity movement as being made up of "people with Asperger's Syndrome or higher functioning autism" (this is nowhere near true, and "high functioning" is considered insulting), describes ASAN as "a self advocacy movement for people with high functioning autism" (ditto), and ends by stating that "We aren't the enemies. Autism is." (Which qualifies as blatant hate speech).

I really don't know what to say here...

1 comment:

  1. The Huffington Post is pretty much the online liberal version of Fox News. Nuff said.