In many ways, this blog is an outlet. No matter what this blog becomes, it still started as an outlet for several people to voice their opinion on culture, using geek culture as the go-between. Some of us focus on feminism. Others focus on sexual equality. I’ve spent most of my time here focusing on the plight of those with disabilities.
We get a lot of comments daily. Some praise us; some chastise us in a honorable manner, and some just attempt to attack every fiber of our being. The writers of those comments seem to hate us, sometimes for sport. It’s frustrating.
The “hate for hate’s sake” concept has been around forever. Adolf Hitler’s hate for the non-Aryan race may have had an explanation in his mind, but really it was just hate for being different. A lot of the gay-bashing that goes on today just boils down to “I hate gays because they’re not straight.” No logic in that statement.
Even disabilities such as autism gather immense amounts of hate.
And this has bled over into comic books.
In my first article for this site, I discussed Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle. I praised the writers for creating a strong disabled character and retconning the idea with no logical reasoning. I don’t think the comic book’s writers hated Barbara and used the wheelchair to punish her, but I do think that the fans began to hate Barbara Gordon because she was in the wheelchair.
I saw a handful of sites in the Oracle days saying they were boycotting DC Comics because Barbara Gordon was disabled. No reason other than they do not like Barbara in a wheelchair. Why? No reason is explicitly stated, but it seems that the hate stems from the fact that the wheelchair makes her less human.
What does that even mean?
And, really, I’m not surprised. It seems that nowadays everyone hates someone for being different. I even find myself guilty of that. I hate stupid people for not being smart. And all jest aside, that is hypocritical of me.
In my Newtown article, I stated that Adam Lanza and I shared a disorder in Aspergers Syndrome. It turns out that Lanza did not have Aspergers. The news media assumed he did in order to explain the act of killing children. But they did it on the backs of those with autism who are not maniacs.
I had someone once say to me that people “pity autism.” Please.
I feel like we as a society need to stop finding someone to hate every time something bad happens. We do it in comics too, but villains are meant to be disliked. Humans are, for the most part, not supposed to be looked down on for being different.
It will be hard, but let’s try it. Let’s not blindly slam people who think or act different from you. Let’s take five seconds to stand in someone else’s shoes. I promise you it’ll make things run so much smoother.