Friday, 12 September 2014

Imagine if it had been the other way around

The Joshua Davies crime and incident finally was written about by Fiona Phillips, no relation to myself, in the Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/aspergers-boy-paralysed-escaping-bullies-4172673

That however, was the exception, rather than the rule. There is still a general indifference and silence about it from the mainstream media. The local news where he lives probably have covered it in depth, but it is not the same as the national press. It won't have the same impact. Nor would it if there was a campaign on social media.

I saw this article from the Daily Mail newspaper, on Monday. A paper not usually known for its devotion to such matters, though they did launch a campaign to jail the killers of Stephen Lawrence, the black teenager murdered by a white racist gang in April 1993. Those responsible were finally put behind bars in January 2012.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2748180/Rainbow-laces-campaign-kicks-footballers-set-anti-homophobia-cause-weekend.html

Then there was this website:

http://www.srtrc.org/

I fully agree with these causes, but there should be something like this regarding hate crime in society, with celebrities and high profile figures backing it and speaking out against. The present position with hate crime is where we were with homophobia 30 years ago and racism 40 to 50 years ago.

The only reason I can think that the Lee Rigby incident and the 82 year old woman's murder last week both made national headlines for days on end, had pages and threads devoted to them on social media, columns written and generated national outrage, whereas the Joshua Davies incident has been virtually ignored by social commentators, columnists, the national media and social media, is due to three factors. Identification, fear/paranoia and manipulation of the public by the media.

Think about it. Most of the British population are NT's. The media is ran by NT's. Therefore, they see that the Joshua Davies incident as more or less irrelevant. They aren't Autistic. Many of their family isn't Autistic. So why should it bother or concern them, as they feel it is unlikely to happen to or affect their lives?

The public and masses have been, since the 9/11 trade center attack, been whipped up into a frenzy regarding terrorism. They see that the beheadings could happen to anybody at any time, and fear they might be next, when in reality you are about as likely to be run over by a bus. That is not to say that beheadings are acceptable by any means or that I am condoning them! Far from it. They are brutal, savage and horrid. You must have a deeply disturbed mind to even think about something like that, let alone doing it.

It is an hard fact though that bombings and beheadings don't, and aren't, thankfully, common. Yet many people are paranoid that they will be next to be blown up or beheaded, but on the other hand, treat the isolation, marginalisation or bullying of disabled/special needs people with indifference.

I have seen negativity and demonisation creeping in media coverage of Autism and Asperger's in recent years. Like what has happened with Schizophrenia and ADHD. You mention ADHD to people and often they ask why you aren't in prison or bouncing off walls or stealing cars. Once a stereotype gets formed in the public's mind, it takes a lot of hard work and education to change it.

There was a school shooting in the USA in December 2012 by somebody called Adam Lanza, and it understandably received intense and worldwide coverage, but so did the fact that Lanza allegedly had Asperger's. Earlier this year the media were at it again when somebody else, allegedly with the condition, went on a rampage in the USA and shot six people and injured 13 others before ending his own life.

http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/stop-blaming-aspergers-syndrome-for-elliot-rodgers-rampage-opinion/11712/shanellis/

I just wonder what coverage Joshua Davies would have received if he had done that, in the national media and social media, or if he had been responsible for an NT person falling from a bridge, breaking his spine in four places, and never walking again as a result?

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