black autistics

Everyone, PLEASE go support the new Power Rangers movie.

I know basically nothing about the franchise, I was never a fan as a kid, I get it if you’re like ‘idk what even’ about the movie.

 I haven’t even seen the movie yet. 

But out of the 5 main characters, 4 are non-white, and of those, 1 is an openly queer Latina, and 1 is black and autistic.

Words can’t express how huge this is.

Not only is this the first openly queer superhero in a blockbuster movie, she is also Latina. 

It’s also, the first autistic superhero in a blockbuster movie. 

It’s one of the first times I have ever seen a canonically autistic protagonist in a major piece of media, ever, in a narrative that isn’t just about them Suffering About Being Autistic™.

It’s the second black autistic character I’ve ever seen in any form of media, ever, either, and that is incredibly significant. It’s looking like it will be fairly positive representation, which is so important, given the issues that black autistic people face. (More likely to be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, more likely to be the victims of police violence and persecution, etc.)

If it doesn’t do well, the diversity of the film will get blamed by Hollywood, rather than any of the individual creative merits of the film itself.

But if this movie succeeds, it could be genuinely groundbreaking, in terms of what is considered viable in terms of casting and representation in major blockbuster movies. 

If you want more POC heroes, more queer heroes, more disabled heroes, in your media?

Please, please, go see this movie.

So I watched Power Rangers last night.
And yeah, it was good and nerdy and full of little references and nods, but you know what I really loved?
I got to see an autistic superhero.
Not just a character I could headcanon as autistic, no, I got a superhero who looks people dead in the eyes and says “I’m on the spectrum”.
I got a superhero who info dumps, stims, and has special interests.
I got to see a superhero ask someone to stop touching them, not laugh at that epic joke.
I got to see a little bit of myself.
And true, it could have been better.
We could have gotten better writing, better representation but I got to see an autistic superhero. I got to see a black, male, autistic superhero, and that’s something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime.
I don’t know if other people will realize how important this is, but his autism wasn’t the butt of a joke.
It wasn’t some feel-good moment about overcoming his “disability”. He wasn’t there to be comic relief or anything else.
He is a superhero. With autism.
I just sat and stared at a screen the size of my house, with hundreds of other people, and got to see myself, my community displayed in a positive way in mainstream, really epic media.
A superhero. With autism.

  • You: there is a gay white character in Beauty and the Beast for about THREE seconds! I'm glad they are representing the LGBT community :')
  • Me, an intellectual: 4/5 of the power rangers are POC and they're all of different nationalities, there is an autistic black character and a Latina lesbian character and a HOT Asian character who are actually leads and not just there for publicity and a false claim of diversity, the autistic character is loved and not once asked to go out of his comfort zone, they're all teenagers who love and protect each other and also save the world while being huge nerds,
  • Fandom: We want diverse casting! We want representation for multiple races, strong female characters not confined to romance roles, being a perfect goody-goody, or overly-sexualized! Representation for the disabled! And non-neurotypicals! Representation that doesn't reduce characters to stereotypes!
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Main cast features a racially diverse super-hero team consisting of one white characters, one half-Indian lead, a Latina lead, an Asian lead and a black lead.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Gives white lead a ruined leg. Does stupid, idiot jock things without being a gross creep. When he sees a girl in a bikini in the distance, he announces himself at the first opportunity, and his thoughts are about her safety. He treats female teammates with respect. His female teammate feels comfortable and safe entering his bedroom at night, and it's not a big deal. Filmmakers cut any romantic tension there to better serve the character. He's not celebrated or treated like a special hero for it. There are no jokes or bits normalizing creepy, objectifying, sexist behavior that is cliche because "boys will be boys." His lack of misogyny is not treated as anything "special", as anything he somehow deserves a reward for. It's normalized.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Makes Black lead a stated autistic who actually acts like an autistic person who can't pick up on verbal quirks, social cues, doesn't like being touched, etc. Is neither defined by nor ashamed of who he is. Retains the role from the original that that the blue rangers is the brains of the group without resorting to the overdone-Sheldon-Cooper-esque type of autism where he's implied to merely be rude and doesn't have any real emotions towards people. Thinks of others so much he's the first to morph and worries about leaving his mom behind if he dies, has a healthy perspective on the idea that she could move on with her romantic life, is obsessive compulsive but not in the Hollywood cliche "neat-freak" way. Autism is not treated as a flaw or a superpower, just part of his character. Not necessarily portrayed as the cliche "autistic genius" either. Smart and capable without his intelligence being tied to autism.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Makes Indian female lead a character who has actually done something terrible and isn't the cliche-outcast-victim of "mean girls". Never once portrayed as "not like other girls", has an actual arc of her own. Completely cuts any and all romance sub-plots for her because it wasn't good for the character and the filmmakers did not want to reduce her to a love interest. Actually applies her old feminine-coded activities (cheerleading) to how she battles, being the most effective Zoid pilot because her instincts are to do things like lift, carry, and throw people, work as a team, and take on heights (AKA 80% of what cheerleaders do, basically)
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Female Latinx Lead is an outcast with depth that is actually explained. Is stated as queer without any hint of queerbaiting. Her struggles are never used to fuel some BS "betrayal" or portrayed as faults. Remains loyal to her new friends. Is not portrayed as needing to "come out of her shell". Her introvert nature is never treated as a flaw or something that needs to be "fixed". Remains introverted and very much herself after becoming a Ranger. Her sexuality is source of some of her struggle, but the struggle is clearly about other peoples' issues, not hers. Sexuality is mentioned briefly, does not define her character or conform to stereotypes (she wears flannel at one point, but so do straight characters. That's about it.)
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Asian male lead is a reckless, extroverted, rebellious thrill-seeker who cares for and adores his mother. Pulls a dumb, thrill-seeking stunt that provokes a genuine conflict.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: None of the PoC leads conform to racial stereotypes. Black character doesn't conform to stereotypes with black characters. Asian character isn't stereotypical, neither is the Latinx one. Female characters aren't love interests, sexualized, don't conform to stereotypes, they have independent stories, and are strong and different without being portrayed as better or "not like other girls."
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Allows female villain to be evil, ambitious, terrifying, determined, unsexy, gross, violent, and genuinely smart. Does give her shades of a character beyond that, but doesn't try to make her sympathetic or "spurned" or "haunted" or without agency. She's evil and loves it. She's really good at it. She's merciless. She's got personality coming out of her ears, but isn't toned down.
  • Dumbasses: WAIT?! THEY CUT OUT A FORCED ROMANCE THAT HAD NO BASIS IN CANON AND WOULD HAVE HARMED THE FEMALE CHARACTER?! THEY DIDN'T PAIR UP THE WHITE LEAD WITH THE FIRST FEMALE LEAD FOR NO REASON?! THAT'S THE ONLY THING THE FANDOM ACTUALLY WANTED!
  • Fandom: ?!?!?!?!?!?!?! We're just pissed about the awful color pallet...

Things that irk me: autistic men get away with so much more shit than autistic women + nb people, and it’s literally just because sexism is fine with men being as loud and picky and taking up as much space as they want.

All you black autistics out there who body stim and get called racist shit for it, I see you out there. All you black autistics out there who wear your natural styles and get called nappy and unkempt, I see you out there. All you black autistics who get told y’all are just acting up and acting out and told you don’t want to be one of those black kids, you know, the bad kind, the kind that go to jail, I see you out there.

All you black autistics out there, I don’t always understand what you go through, but I see you, and I hear you. And you are are beautiful because you are you.

Gay should never be used as an insult.

Straight should never be used as an insult.

Trans should never be used as an insult.

Cis should never be used as an insult.

Cishet should never be used as an insult.

Queer should never be used as an insult.

Neurodivergent should never be used as an insult.

Neurotypical should never be used as an insult.

Autistic should never be used as an insult.

Allistic should never be used as an insult.

White should never be used as an insult.

Black should never be used as an insult.

Somebody’s sexuality, gender, mental state, or race should never be used as an insult.



i just saw a post saying that there was going to be an autistic power ranger in the new movie. i had to do some digging around, but i found the source! here! there’s going to be an actual, confirmed autistic character in a mainstream movie. holy fuck. and he’s black, which is great because black autistic people tend to get underdiagnosed and are super underrepresented in media.

tbh i know nothing about the power rangers franchise and would have had 0 interest in the movie if i hadn’t heard about this, but now i’m so freaking excited!!!!!!!! thank u @the-heroic-changeling for posting about it

Where are the Black Autistic/Neurodivergent Safe Spaces guys??!!

I’m now pretty pissed off that the neurodivergent community is just racist af. Like why does white people have to ruin everything?! Like wtf, wtf. This needs to be said, like right now. There should be more safe spaces being made for black autistic people. There should be safe spaces for black autistic people. I know people who I love and dear are black and neurodivergent, and they said there isn’t any communities that they can relate to, safe spaces where they can actually feel free to be themselves, and where they can talk to other autistic people of color who have similar experiences as them. How most sources of black autistic people are either racist, ableist, and/or directed towards parents. I can not stress this enough!! I’m tired of seeing my loved ones and my community of neurodivergent/autistic people feeling unsafe and getting hurt like this. Make safe spaces for them, make sure your voice is heard, and to others, make their voices are heard pls!! Thank you. Pls boost this message!!

N (Natural Harmonia Gropius) from Pokemon BW/BW2 is autistic

“In-game he has a unique dialogue speed that is faster than the fastest dialogue speed option available, he has a special interest in transportation (planes and most notably trains), he is very skilled in mathematics, he loves and understands Pokemon more than he does trainers (he flat out avoids humans if he can), he also has extreme mood swings” - Anon.