3-8-12 Links Roundup

The account of Eugene Hoskins raises questions about the relationship of autistic history to black history in America. The history of autism is necessarily woven into the histories of any and all populations affected by autism, yet what one would term “autistic history” is largely treated as monolithic. Overwhelmingly, race is neglected not only in tracing the history of autism, but in contemporary research and coverage.

Recent studies have shown racial disparities in obtaining a diagnosis and in accessing treatments. Representations of autism in popular media—including real high-profile autists and fictional characters—are almost uniformly white. The only real-life exception I can think of is Stephen Wiltshire, and he is certainly less well-known—at least in the United States—than Temple Grandin or John Elder-Robison. A relatively recent documentary called “Wretches and Jabberer” seeks to draw attention to “low-functioning” self-advocacy, but nonetheless falls short in other aspects of diversity, since it features two middle-aged white men. (The film is still definitely worth watching.)

The only fictional autist of color who features prominently in a film or other text is Zen from the movie “Chocolate” — a Thai woman in a Thai film.

The intersection of autism and race is a site of thorough erasure. Where does that leave the intersection of autism, race, and sexuality? Autism, race, and gender?

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is on trial for corruption — on live TV, no less — and an American boxer has accused the Philippine national hero, Manny Pacquiao, of being dimwitted. But the story truly consuming Filipinos is the saucy cover of a men’s magazine.

Some merely saw an alluring photo of a light-skinned Filipina actress in a swimsuit, Bela Padilla, emerging from a group of dark-skinned models, with the caption, “Stepping Out of the Shadows.” Sexy, they said. Artistic.

Others found the photo to be racist and repugnant.

The outcry and outrage were enough that Summit Media, the local publisher of FHM magazine, apologized and pulled the magazine. The company said in a statement that it would release the March issue with a new cover, one that would again feature Ms. Padilla.

Summit publishes more than 20 magazines in the Philippines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Disney Junior and Town & Country. Summit says FHM is the largest men’s magazine in the country, with more than 1 million readers a month.

Lin’s rise to fame has encouraged lively arguments on Sina Weibo about the role of faith in China, where the government has always been wary of religion.
Huashan 2009 says: What is the greatest impact that Jeremy Lin has brought to the Chinese? I guess it could be Christianity. Lin could become a most appealing preacher.
XGoo says: I was impressed by Jeremy Lin’s faith. Look, even an otter has its own faith now. Chinese people, how can this be endured?

Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered Bexar the following day and the tied conscripts were forced to march back to Laredo, then Monclova, and finally back to Bexar where they arrived for a second time on February 23 1836. Many wore huaraches instead of shoes or boots. Many did not have blankets and at best some had serapes (shawls). None had raincoats, and definitely were not prepared for the blizzard that raged in February 1836 from Monclova, Coahuila to the Frio River in South Texas. The conscript unit was attached to the First Vanguard Brigade commanded by General Joaquin Ramirez y Sesma. Also attached to the Brigade was Brigadier General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna with a 50-man escort. The Vanguard Brigade was an experienced, battle-proven, mounted unit with two four-pound artillery pieces. The 50-man escort was composed of servants, chefs, supply and equipment carriers (tent, desk, writing supplies, paper, etc); both the Brigade and escorts were well equipped and wore the often depicted colorful uniforms.

That was the force that entered Bexar on February 23, 1836.

The day before while at the Medina River (at the lower crossing at present Castroville, Texas), Santa Anna ordered the Vanguard Brigade to patrol the Caminos Real east and north of San Antonio de Bexar and block any reinforcements from reaching the city. He also learned on that day that the Texas rebels had retreated to the abandoned Mission San Antonio de Valero — commonly known as The Alamo. The majority of the city’s Tejano and Anglo population had been packing their valuables and provisions in their respective wagons and leaving the city to “tend to their ranchos.”

Muslim women in Australia’s most populous state will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving New South Wales officials authority to look under religious face coverings.

New South Wales state Attorney General Greg Smith said in a statement on Monday that beginning April 30, officials such as justices of the peace and lawyers who witness statutory declarations or affidavits without making identity checks will be fined 220 Australian dollars ($236).

“If a person is wearing a face covering, an authorized witness should politely and respectfully ask them to show their face,” Smith said.

The government on Monday began an information campaign to ensure the public and officials were aware of the new penalties before they came into force.

The laws are a response to a court case last year in which a Sydney woman was convicted of falsely claiming that a traffic policeman had attempted to remove her niqab – a veil that reveals only the eyes.

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