Joe Scarborough, Class Act, Links Aurora Shooter to Autism

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“As soon as I hear about this shooting, I knew who it was. I knew it was a young, white male, probably from an affluent neighborhood, disconnected from society — it happens time and time again. Most of it has to do with mental health; you have these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale,” said Scarborough, whose son has Asperger’s syndrome. “I don’t know if that’s the case here, but it happens more often than not. People that can walk around in society, they can function on college campuses — they can even excel on college campuses — but are socially disconnected.”

Joe Scarborough, class act… So this is the latest buzz in the autism community. This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Joe Scarborough, father of a child diagnosed with Asperger’s, said the above. Joe was speaking about the suspected (seriously why do we have to say this?) shooter in the Aurora Colorado massacre last Friday and how he believes he is on the autism spectrum.

Someone please help me understand… what on earth was he thinking? What a terrible and dangerous generalization to make. To insinuate that the highly disturbed individual capable of carrying out one of the deadliest massacre’s on American soil is somewhere on the autism spectrum is inappropriate, dangerous, and ludicrous. What proof does he have? On what basis is he making this far-fetched assumption? And of all people, the father of an autistic child, should understand why it’s not right to say what he said. So Joe, way to go. Way to set the autism community back a few decades by insinuating that all psychotic murderers are likely autistic. What a fantastic use of your political and social power. Now why don’t you do us all a favor and stop talking?

 

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