I wanted to go into further detail today of something I mentioned in a previous post. That is that when trying to advocate for one population of a society that is being marginalized that it is imperative to not demean or shun another population in the society that is also marginalized. What do I mean by this?
Lets say a person starts advocating for individuals with Autism, because they believe that the support for these individuals is not enough for this population to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. However this person is very religious and that religion states that homosexuality is a sin and the person believes that marriage is only between a man and a woman and should not be aloud to homosexual couples. The person makes this known publicly, thus shunning another population of society. What this person may not know, is now they are not advocating for individuals with Autism, because not all individuals with Autism are going to be heterosexual. They are essentially saying you have to be in this box to receive support (in this case, marriage) to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I will give you one more example if you still might be confused.
Another person starts advocating for individuals with Autism for the same reasons as the person above. However whenever a minority race of a society speaks up about injustices towards them, such as Black Lives Matter, this person responds with repeatedly commenting with all lives matter or blue lives matter. Thus no longer advocating for individuals with Autism, because they are essentially saying that race has no importance to how a person is treated in a society. When the individuals they are advocating for have to deal with the injustices of their race everyday as well as the injustices brought on by the stigma of having Autism.
Both of these people support a cause but end up putting themselves before the cause, instead of the population they set out to help. These people end up minimizing any type of advances they hope to make for the population they want to help.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum