Joe Scarborough issued a statement regarding his remarks.
“During a debate regarding the recent Colorado shootings, I suggested that the Aurora tragedy should make Americans focus more on mental health in this country. I also stated that my own experiences raising a son with Aspergers made me keenly aware of how important strong support systems are to those who might otherwise be isolated.
The growing Autism epidemic is a tremendous burden for children, parents and loved ones to endure. My call for increased funding and awareness for Autism and other mental health conditions was meant to support the efforts of those who work every day to improve the lives of Americans impacted. Those suggesting that I was linking all violent behavior to Autism missed my larger point and overlooked the fact that I have a wonderful, loving son with Aspergers. Perhaps I could have made my point more eloquently …”
So now, in addition to his disastrous comments yesterday, he’s now added – without qualification – that ‘autism is a tremendous burden’.
This is not a retraction. It’s not an apology. It doesn’t remotely come
close to taking responsibility for what he really said or the clear
implications therein. It does nothing to repair the damage he inflicted
with his recklessness.
He’s trying to reframe his words but it’s not even close to reality.
Please keep up the pressure on Joe – Urge him to apologize to the autism community and to take this opportunity to actually think critically (rather than defensively) about his words. Urge him to take responsibility for the damage he’s caused and to help us all to repair it.
A half-assed, defensive reframe doesn’t come close to helping our children overcome the bigotry and fear that he has unwittingly validated with his careless words.
We deserve more. Autistic people who he has put in harm’s way NEED more.
See this morning’s post for details on how to take action.
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.@joeNBC @Morning_Joe has issued a statement re his reckless remarks yesterday – it’s WAY off the mark. http://adiaryofamom.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/update/ @diaryofamom
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