Daily Archives: November 23, 2006

Thankful for stuff people shouldn’t have to be.


Everyone’s doing posts about what they’re thankful for, on Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful for things that nobody should consciously have to be thankful for. I’m thankful that I have a family who has never once thought of killing me or justifying the deaths of people like me. I’m thankful for the fact that the people who did try, didn’t succeed. I’m thankful that I have a few friends who, unlike it seems the majority of the world, don’t think there’s anything about autistic people that remotely justifies other people killing us, and don’t spend their time sitting around sympathizing with the people who do. And I’m thankful for the existence of organizations like Not Dead Yet, that at least attempt to get what shouldn’t be a minority voice, that of disabled people who understand how far our lives are being devalued by this justification-talk, out there.

And if you’re still despite all the evidence of how much damage it does, going to justify this stuff? I’d be really thankful if you’d do it on somebody else’s server, and somebody else’s webspace, if you’re going to do it at all. As in, not here. There are more places where you can get away with that kind of bullcrap than places you can’t — if you’re that keen on it, go find one.