Disabled Workers vs Victim Culture

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.

9 thoughts on “Disabled Workers vs Victim Culture

  1. I’ve been saying from the very beginning of the whole SJW/cancelculture shitstorm, to anyone who’d listen, that this is the apocalypse for autistic people.

    I’m only a shade on that spectrum– a functional human being, who’s learned just enough rote social rules to manage in most situations without looking like a total freak (plus reaching middle age, knowing what I’m good at, and not caring about the rest). I’ve already maxed out my capacity for social rules: there’s not room in my satchel for any more. It’s still pretty touch-and-go at times. And I can see, clear as crystal, that the world these insane creeps are agitating for is one where there are ten times as many social rules, the consequences for violating them become more and more severe, and the rules change constantly. If these people get the power they crave, there will be no place for people like me to hide. It’s a shark feeding frenzy and we are wounded porpoises out there, leaving an irresistible trail of blood in the water.

    And that’s just us mostly-functional, geeky types. Some of us might be useful or indispensable enough to be kept around like cute pet monkeys. Nobody more autistic has got any chance at all. It’s going to be a bloodbath– and that may not be metaphorical.

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    1. A gentle reminder to my own personal combox neggie: I’m somewhat autistic– the thumbs-down doesn’t give me any useful information about what you dilike in my comment, so all I can do is ignore, or be puzzled by it: it’s part of the disability. I’m not neurologically capable of inferring what you mean, but I am curious about it.

      For example: in the above comment, a thumbs-down could be in response to any number of elements, including (but not limited to):
      1) Use of vulgar language
      2) Not believing that woke culture is a threat to autistic people
      3) Personal dislike of autistic people (or of people who claim to be autistic on the internet)
      4) Having a different understanding of woke culture re: its social rules
      5) Personal dislike of me
      6) You identify as woke, and object to being called an “insane creep”.
      7) My comment seems poorly worded or irrational.
      8) ??? I’m autistic, you know. There could be hundreds of other reasons I’m not able to see, as I can’t easily put myself in others’ shoes.

      I welcome honest and constructive discussion, if ever you’re inclined to be more specific. I do my best to put my thoughts into words here, and because of my poor ability to make social inferences, I appreciate when others do likewise– even (and especially) when I disagree with them. It gives me some insight into others’ perspectives that is otherwise inaccessible to me, and often quite valuable. I understand wanting to remain anonymous, and of course that’s your call: I don’t judge.

      TL:DR: Thank you for your consistent and flattering interest in my remarks. Any chance you could be more specific?

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      1. Many people come here because of the regular commenters and not because of me. The commenters become part of their inner world. They project a lot of inner stuff onto the commenters. Sometimes it’s negative stuff. There’s nothing abnormal about it but I wish people were more conscious about how much this is about them and not the actual commenters.

        I rarely see the votes (the app doesn’t show them) but I did look recently and was really surprised by a downvote on some utterly innocent cute post about my kid. Who knows what happened in a person’s mind when they saw the post.

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      2. As for the original comment, I’m also somewhat on the spectrum, although I learned many behavioral strategies to mitigate. This is why I identified strongly with the hotel guy. For all of the talk about inclusion, we are creating a world that’s very harsh to anybody even a shade non-neurotypical. This is a darn shame.

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        1. Exactly. There are a lot of us who are just barely managing with a bunch of cobbled-together strategies. The social complexity, mercurial nature, and vindictiveness of the “new normal” woke culture is absolutely terrifying–navigating social situations is always a bit like blind-man’s bluff, full of fumbling and half-guesses. But as long as people are mostly bound by ordinary civility, one can get by. There’s a lot of tolerance/forgiveness/squish built into normal interactions. Now we’re gonna take out all the safety margins and add tripwires, explosives, and packs of wolves to the picture, so that only the most keenly socially adept can survive.

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  2. The good news is that even on twitter, a majority of people are on the side of the hotel clerk. But it’s still awful that this happened. The clerk is not doing well right now.

    More background: apparently the guy in the video was calling the (very obviously gay) clerk a faggot before he started filming.

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    1. That the guy would think sharing a video of how he made a receptionist cry was going to be a good look is quite scary. If I did something like this inadvertently, I’d crawl into a hole, hoping nobody would find out. But the customer clearly thought he’s the good guy here.

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  3. I also notice the trend with these things is to film a customer berating a “racist/sexist/whatever” worker. It’s never the other way around. It’s yet another boot on the neck of the working class.

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