One thought on “What’s in a Word: Asperger’s and White Privilege

  • March 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I am going to be Autistic about this.

    I do not like that in recent decades we have expanded the definition of privilege from just individual circumstances to include the groups one is born into. The groups one is born into makes it more or less likely you will be discriminated against, it does not guarantee it. The problem may or may not be the privileges of the white clinicians failing to diagnose autistic nonwhite and nonmales. The problem is that the black autistics that are not being diagnosed are being discriminated against by particular clinicians and school systems not white people as a race. We should stop conflating being treated fairly with being privileged, they overlap but they are not the same thing.

    I understand the expansion of the definition of privilege was done as a teaching tool designed to get people out of their bubbles and to open conversations. But we are long past that. The concept of group privileges has turned into a way of shutting down conversations(“Check your privilege”). It has become a way to say your opinion does not count because of the way you were born(“you have no right to opine about ABA because you can write”).

    It simply comes down to not fighting assumptions about people based on the groups they were born into by not making assumptions of people based on the groups they were born into.

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