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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bigot Syndrome

What's that you say? There's nothing wrong with eugenics because normal people shouldn't have to put up with being around retards?

How do you know you're not a retard yourself? You say you had an IQ test and the results turned out normal? Which test was it? That one? Don't you know that old test has been obsolete for years?

There's a new kind of IQ test nowadays, haven't you heard? It measures the most essential components of intelligence, like being able to consider others' points of view, understand the value of human diversity, and make sound ethical decisions.

You know, pal, you're not looking too good on the new test. And it seems you've got a lot of company. At least 1 in 20 people scored in the significantly impaired range on this test. It's a horrifying epidemic, a worldwide calamity.

But don't worry, we're not going to call you a retard. We're too politically correct for that, and anyway, we need to make up a catchy new scientific-sounding name so that we can drum up support for our heroic efforts to cure the millions of tragic sufferers. So we're going to say that you're afflicted with a mental disorder called Boneheaded Inadequate Grasp of Tolerance Syndrome, abbreviated to Bigot Syndrome, or BS, for short.

Oh, did you say something? Sorry, I wasn't paying attention. You can't expect that anyone will care what you have to say now that you've been labeled as a BS sufferer, after all.

Now go find yourself a support group and get out of our way while we solicit funds to raise public awareness of the BS epidemic. We don't have time to listen to you. We're much too busy researching the genetic basis of your disorder so that we can prevent BS and save future generations from the ghastly misery that you're suffering.

Oh, you claim you weren't suffering before our public service announcements about the horrors of BS ensured that schools wouldn't admit you, employers wouldn't hire you, and landlords wouldn't rent to you? Maybe you need some meds for your paranoia. We're all just trying to help you.

It's a proven fact that bigots are more likely to join racist street gangs and end up serving long prison sentences. You're much better off now that your mental disorder can be treated through behavioral interventions and psychiatric drugs. And look, there are plenty of employers that will hire you to mop the floor. So what are you complaining about? You should consider yourself lucky that you're not in prison like all those poor tragic bigots who grew up before modern treatments were available.

You're so ungrateful. It must be a symptom of your disorder. Just look at all the hard work we're doing to create a brighter future for all those who struggle with BS. We're only a few years away from identifying your defective genes and finding ways to rewire your brain to make you behave exactly like the rest of us.

And of course we're going to use the research to create a prenatal test. There's no reason why we shouldn't. Don't you believe women should have the right to control their own bodies? You must be some sort of pro-life whacko if you have a problem with women choosing abortion because of what they learned about your horrifying disorder in the "BS Every Day" video.

What's that word you just said? Eugenics? Don't you know there's nothing wrong with eugenics because normal people like us shouldn't have to put up with being around someone like you?

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  • Is that Bigot with a hard or a soft g?

    I think it must be pronounced bee zho in the French manner any one who dares to contradict me must be one :)

    By Blogger Larry Arnold PhD FRSA, at 2:12 PM  

  • Well I prefer to pronounce it as baiser, Larry, but who gives a grosse what I think.

    By Blogger clone3g, at 3:04 PM  

  • Actually, it would be possible to develop such a test. Sadly, Adorno beat us to it as far as the 'first of its kind' accolade is concerned: the F-scale.

    Oh, and the 'g' in 'bigot' ... hard 'g'; for a soft 'g', it must be followed by an 'e'....

    Not much comes back to me from comprehensive school French... but that did, for some reason! :/

    David N. Andrews BA-status, PgCertSpEd (award pending, due to subsumption into MEd degree being awarded Dec 2006)
    Applied Educational Psychologist,
    Kotka, Finland

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 PM  

  • Thanks for this, abfh. It's perfect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:44 PM  

  • This is the sort of thing I'm trying to drill into the brains of some of my futurist friends; most are fairly liberal when it comes to neurodiversity stuff, but there are a few attitudes I've noted that seem to be along the lines of, "Well, if we can prevent or cure autism doesn't that mean we have a moral obligation to do so?"

    Um, no. Especially not when you're completely ignoring the fact that *every single potential justification* that has EVER been presented as a reason for why we all ought to be wiped out can also be applied to the nonautistic population. And the "theory of mind" thing is REALLY beginning to peeve me; if there really were such thing as a well-developed theory of mind that was somehow ubiquitous in the nonautistic population, well, we wouldn't have this bigotry problem, or any of those political battles, or even any religious wars, would we?

    Awesome post, by the way.

    By Blogger Zilari, at 10:15 PM  

  • Hello ABFH,
    Love your blog. I was wondering, I'm going to be writing a pro-autism rights paper for my society and social issues class. The professor says that we need to use scholarly articles for our research. I think I should be able to find such articles for the opposing arguments portion of the paper; but so far I'm having trouble finding anything pro-neurodiversity outside of weblogs. The whole thing still has an almost undergroud revolution type feel to it, so perhaps the movement is still to young to have a great body of major publications as yet. But, are there any pro-neurodiversity books/published articles that you might be able to recommend? Thanks, in advance for any help :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:36 PM  

  • Random person,

    Look for "Three Reasons Not to Believe in an Autism Epidemic," "Elijah's Cup" by Valerie Paradiz, "Not Even Wrong" by Paul Collins. There are lots of books by autistic people, Dawn Prince-Hughes has a couple of books. There isn't much in peer reviewed psych literature if anything about neurodiversity... maybe some day. I don't think sociology has dealt with it much either, though they have touched on Internet culture and in doing so touch on Autistic culture whether they realize it or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 AM  

  • This post is full of self-pity and a defeatist attitude. The goal of any disabilities rights group should be that of allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their potential.
    Neurodiversity stifles that goal. It encourages all of you to refuse to help yourselves. This has all come about recently and has become more intense as more evidence has been gained that shows autism is not a genetic condition.
    You should be asking yourselves why your leaders lie to you with carefully crafted writings that prevent you from achieving your potential.
    As a parent of a very low functioning child, I have a different perspective than those of you who can communicate and function well enough to survive without 24 hour assistance. His brain may have been damaged so severely by mercury that he might never be able to speak for himself in any manner. There is nothing about his condition that would be improved by societal acceptance.
    You adults with ASD may apreciate some measure of improved quality to your lives with better awareness and acceptance of your differences. That, however, will not make you whole.
    The best thing you can do for those who injected you with mercury is to tell the world that you are genetically different. Accepting the disability that you were not born with is a positive approach that, until recently, was your healthiest option. You are pawns in this game of propaganda that has convinced you to shout out in agreement with those who poisoned you.
    You are very dangerous people to these powerful corporations. If you cured yourselves, thus allowing yourselves a true chance to achieve your potential, you could enjoy your lives without a disability. You could collect a fortune from those corporations who poisoned you for profit and you could help end the atrocity of the autism epidemic which never would have happened if proper testing was done on thimerosal back in 1929.
    Do any of you understand that there can be no eugenics when there is no gene to be found? Do you understand why a bill sponsored by Sen Bill Frist took away language that called for thimerosal research but provided money for genetic research is only a sham?

    By Blogger John Best, at 5:12 AM  

  • Random Person, there are some scholarly articles in favor of neurodiversity that have been posted by professionals on their websites, although not published in journals. I'd recommend the following articles:

    Special Education and the Concept of Neurodiversity

    The Discovery of "Aspie" Criteria

    Another pro-neurodiversity article that you may find helpful is Asperger's: making intelligence a disease by Colleen Clements, an associate professor of psychiatry. This article was published in the Medical Post in 2001.

    By Blogger abfh, at 10:42 AM  

  • Random Person,

    You may find this one helpful too. It's not specifically pro-neurodiversity, but contains some relevant content within the full-text.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:39 AM  

  • A comment from chief bigot himself. Who would have predicted it.

    By Blogger notmercury, at 12:59 PM  

  • "BS Every Day."

    Love it. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:32 PM  

  • Standing, clapping and cheering!

    Absolutely brilliant!

    By Blogger Attila the Mom, at 8:23 PM  

  • I like people who oppose injustice or fight for what they beleive in because too many people let alot of BS (BULLSHIT) happen and it continues because..
    Not enough people care or bother to. I want to be a person that can
    bring change to society of what I know is not fair.

    However, what I have been thinking is that when you do this.
    (I have been thinking do I..?)

    You too can become the person who is the 'bigot' or creates prejudice by calling other people names. Does this help to bring change or does it create war?

    (An Example)
    War brings change but at a high cost by destroying other peoples life and/or abusing their rights.
    It does not bring equality or justice. It creates an injustice.

    Two wrongs do not make a right.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:07 PM  

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