Symbols of a political party that once exterminated millions of people being painted on subway walls and buildings.
Desecration of cemeteries.
People who hate feel enabled to express themselves more openly. Hate crimes are on the rise.
My brother in law, "Bil", cast his vote this past November. He had a simple viewpoint: one of the candidates was "mean". That candidate didn't get Bil's vote.
|Binghamton, New York, March 2017|
Some people hate him, without knowing him, because he is autistic. In fact, when I Googled "people who hate people with autism" I got 10,900,000 hits. OUCH.
Have you ever heard of the expression NIMBY? It stands for Not In My Back Yard, and the fear people have of people different from them living in their neighborhoods.
That includes autistic people, and others similar to them. As a result, it is hard for people with developmental disabilities such as autism to find decent housing. I have read a statistic stating that over 50% of adults with autism live with family members. Some of those family members are elderly, some even in their 90's. Parents fear for the future of their children. It's a nationwide problem, not just where we live in New York State.
That is what Bil has done all his life - lived, first with both parents, and, for the last almost 20 years, with his mother. But now, with age and health issues, she is moving closer and closer to the day when they will have to part.
My husband and I, and his other brother and his wife, are all older than Bil is, and, in fact, he is healthier than all of us are. Ironic, isn't it?
We've been trying to find good housing for Bil, as it is his wish to continue where he lives after his mother is no longer able, but it is a long, rough road. Explaining this road would be too long for this challenge, but in short, he could not afford the apartment where he is now.
Maybe I can fit some information into another letter, another day.