Making Space For Autism In The Revolution

Comrade Saint, Black Hammer

An African person holding many pictures of an African child.

Currently in amerikkka, African people have to deal with systematic oppression on every level. For Colonized African people it means dealing with systematic and social oppression on the basis of neurodivergency.

African autistic people pose a threat to white supremacy because they cannot be exploited easily.

African people in the imperial core exist to make profit under this system and when they cannot provide that they become waste. This is evident in the way that the collective Black autistic experience includes social isolation and suppression.

During slavery, euthanasia was a rampant way to keep property as efficient as possible. It was common practice to murder enslaved Black people for being “too simple.”

It was also common practice to punish those who interacted with the autistic person in question. This is why we must pay attention to the way the white nationalist state uses nuerodivergency as another way to separate us from each other; hindering us from uniting to the goal of self-determination.

In this case, it means moving away from the unconscious social shame around autism diagnoses and acknowledging how the system prevents unity amongst us.

The CDC acknowledges that about 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism. Even though autism diagnoses have more than doubled in amerikkka, white children are 19% more likely to be diagnosed with autism than African children.

This proves that early intervention and accommodations once again set Black children as young as 8 at a disadvantage. This is not a coincidence.

In 2016, researchers found that only 17.9% of studies acknowledged race and 63.5% of the participants in the studies were white. Researchers state that there is a push to acknowledge race in research. There is no mention of how this is a direct result of the state’s goal to continue oppression.

African children are 5.1 times more likely to be misdiagnosed, and this lack of care leads to cases like Osaze Osagie and Charles Kinsey going uncontested. The lack of attention to these police killings sends a message to the public: “there is no place for you here”.

As Colonized people we understand that exploitation only occurs because we are valuable. The state clearly cannot provide for neurodivergent people, so it’s up to us to build a world where we provide for each other, where all Colonized people are equal.

Black power!