Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We Are the Champions

Well, I thought about deleting the posts below, because when I told Alex about the Michael Savage thing, he wasn't surprised in the least. Apparently this guy is a 'hate monger' (sp?) in Alex's words and makes his career by getting people riled up. So then I felt kind of silly for falling for it, although, I thought, if he crosses the line this badly on other issues why haven't I heard of him before? Am I just too sensitive about this?

It turns out, this might be his final 'hate monger' episode. I was not the only one who was appalled, and many companies are pulling ads that support his show. Also, there is one company that has radio stations all across Mississippi that is cancelling his show. Michael Savage will not be heard any more in the great state of Mississippi. (I've always had a fondness for that state...) So I guess I wasn't being too sensitive and he went way, way, way over the line this time.

One thing I have learned from all of this, is that I absolutely hate, hate, hate when people say, "oh, Daniel looks fine. He doesn't seem or look like he has Autism!" I know the majority of these people are trying to be encouraging, but I've realized that it makes me feel as if I am just making this whole thing up. Or it makes me frustrated because they just don't know what he is like 90% of the time and they think of rain man or other children who have autism but have different symptoms. There are so many stereotypes and it gets tiring to have to "defend" his diagnosis and explain all of the stereotypes and how autism manifests itself in so many different ways.

But I digress...back to the radio show...This was the first time I have ever written to companies threatening to pull my business if they didn't do something. I know that my emails and letters probably didn't make any difference in the long run, but it was gratifying to see a response and action, anyway. I felt like I had won a great victory somehow. I don't think I will become a regular 'protester', but I must say that victory is very sweet. :)