There’s a huge social media pileup on an autistic hotel receptionist who had a meltdown after being aggressively confronted by a customer. It’s painful to watch how cruel the customer is, filming the worker with the obvious goal of putting the video online. Of course, people are needlessly racializing the situation because it’s in vogue.
We have a severely disabled man working at the local movie theater. Until now, everybody has been patient and kind because it’s important that disabled people get to work even if it’s a bit uncomfortable to the customers. We also have an autistic bus driver in the community. Thanks to this job, he can live on his own. The driver was my neighbor at the apartment complex where I lived previously. He can function on his own if everybody is kind and understanding. He’s a great driver because he has great concentration and follows the rules. But if anybody tries to hassle him like the horrible customer in the video, he’ll freak out.
My fear is that fewer employers will now want to hire the disabled, the autistics, and people with speech impediments because, in this gotcha culture we are busily creating, it’s very easy to engineer a situation where a disabled worker is made to look like a racist or a transphobe or whatever else idiotic label becomes fashionable.
In the video, the evil customer doesn’t stop filming even when the autistic guy begins to weep. The customer’s humanity has been erased by the lure of easy online fame aa “a victim of racism.”
One of the things I love about this society – and I’ve written about this a lot – is how open people are to integrating the disabled into regular life. This was a result of long and patient civilizational work that is being destroyed in service of this ridiculous victim culture.
I’m not linking to the video because there’s nothing more terrifying to an autistic person than to have thousands gaping at his meltdown.