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The Same Message

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On the left is a propaganda poster for Aktion T-4, the systematic extermination program for people with disabilities in Germany before and during WWII. The poster reads: ‘This disabled person costs the public 60,000 over his lifetime. Comrades, that is your money, too.’

On the right is a propaganda poster for Autism Speaks, the ‘charity organization’ which calls for the systematic extermination of autistic people through the development of genetic testing in utero. The poster reads: ‘Along with the rise in autism prevalence comes the increase in cost to society.’

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Imagine.

Today, I showed the Autism $peaks commercial ‘I am Autism’ to my marketing class as an example of ‘unethical advertising’. I gave a short background on the company in order to set up for the intense rhetoric that they were about to hear, so they could know exactly what they were about to see. I’ve mentioned before that I was autistic, so I didn’t feel the need to do it again.

They watched the video in silence and darkness, and I instructed the professor to stop the video before A$’ half-assed attempt at making up for the hate that had just been spewed could take place.

The faces in the room were mostly blank. I’m sure it was out of shock for what they had just heard. If that hadn’t been enough, I decided to give them one sentence that would completely change their perspective on the whole thing.

‘Imagine if the person that commercial was talking about was you.’

If that isn’t all it should take to get people to finally start looking critically at this sham of an organization, I don’t know what is.

~Sam

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