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Stop Using Autism as an Excuse for White Supremacy and Violence

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Among the people who were arrested for the riots on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was a man named Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman.” The defense his lawyer Albert Watkins has come up with?

Autism. Watkins claims that because his client has Asperger’s syndrome, he shouldn’t be found guilty of committing a crime. To quote him directly: First off, let’s address the language Watkins uses.

Disrespectful doesn’t even begin to cover it. Every word is filled with hate and bigotry. Autism means that our brains are wired differently, not that our brains are damaged.

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