My contribution for Light Grey Art Lab’s “Robo Show”.
The robot that I designed is named “Planter”, which is designed for gardening purposes. “Planter” can fully analyze the condition of the plants.They would supply fertilizer, water, and chemicals to the plant according to its condition. “Planter” also has the ability to terminate any harmful bugs and insects in the garden.
The opening of the show was last night, hope everyone had a wonderful evening there!
I know I don’t go to Tumblr much these days, but that’s because there are a lot of things occupying my mind irl (mostly coming to terms with my autism). But we’re not going to talk about my absence; tonight, we’ll talk about what I just observed: SJW drama.
I was just scrolling through my Tumblr feed on my iPod when I noticed an argument between anti-feminism-pro-equality and at least two others about the placement of Autism Selfie Day and the hashtag blackout. Let me be clear: I am ill informed about why exactly blackout became a thing, aside from the generic arguments about representation in media. As such, I want to avoid any discussion about racial issues in this post if I can (look at Starbucks’ race together hashtag, but I digress).
Based on the two posts I’ve seen where the arguments took place, the two users who I will not name accused the named user of racism against black people for reasons involving blackout that I cannot understand. AF-PE, in response, has 1) asked for evidence of racism, and 2) defended that April 2nd was Autism Awareness Day anyway, so having a campaign dedicated to encouraging selfies from those who have autism was appropriate. These two points are the crux of this story.
1) In response to being asked for evidence of AF-PE being racist, nameless user A responded with “You’re well known on Tumblr for being a racist bigot, so I don’t need to provide evidence!” As someone who has undergone a 3 hour workshop to understand how proper social justice works and to train as a resource person for LGBT people going through a hard time, I see a missed opportunity on Nameless A’s part to educate. If I was interested in making the world a better place, I would have taken a screenshot, politely explain what the offender did wrong and why, and suggest better actions for next time. The goal of social justice is NEVER to attack the person, but to attack harmful actions; attacking the person will not only do nothing, it will make things worse for everyone.
2) As I’m only beginning to understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I’m going to work with what I do know from reading and visiting ASD support groups. April is in fact Autism Awareness month, although AD-PE’s specificity on April 2nd does hold water as being a dedicated day (an Autism conference I plan to go to happens to be on April 2nd, and always has been in past years it was held). Based on my understanding of blackout, not only is it a new trend on social media, it’s already been declared to have a specific date in March, which has passed at that point. I can understand why people would be upset with AF-PE taking blackout and making a whole week dedicated to selfies for as many marginalised people as possible, but at the same time, I think that is why AF-PE is in the right; intersectionality, or the idea that discrimination to one group is connected to discrimination against other groups, should be a sign that no one group has a monopoly on equality (otherwise, it wouldn’t be equality, would it?). Back to the point I want to make, Nameless B asserts that AF-PE doesn’t know anything about ASD awareness. How ironic; I, being autistic and trying to understand all there is to know, am inclined to say that AF-PE is not in the wrong, and that Nameless B actually is, at least based on what I just described above with my knowledge of ASD activism. If you really want to prove AF-PE wrong, Google “Autism Awareness Day” and give the results of your search; if it turns out they are right, you could stand to do some learning too, since education is never a one time deal, but rather a continuous lifelong process.
You might be asking “You said that no one had a monopoly on equality. Why are you defending AF-PE’s exclusionism?” That’s right; there is no monopoly on equality. If you are passionate about racial issues, I won’t stop you. But since we are approaching a time for ASD awareness, maybe you could raise awareness for both causes? How about doing something to help black people with ASD? Problem solved, in my opinion; it’s more productive to hit two birds with one stone than to complain about how one activist campaign supersedes another. So go ahead; make someone’s darkness go away with your inner light!