Autism Didn't Stop Him From Standing Up To Hatred
Last Friday in Portland, white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian, killed two men and severely injured a third with a knife, because they stood up to his hatred and threatening behavior toward two girls one of whom was wearing Hijab.
Micah David-Cole Fletcher, the surviving hero who is still recovering from his injuries, is a poet who wrote about supporting vulnerable people. Four years ago he wrote a poem denouncing prejudice against Muslims and drone strikes by the US army in Muslim countries. He won a poetry competition for that poem.
Fletcher also has autism but that did not prevent him from standing for the weak.
Venture magazine had an article about him where he says he participated in an arts program in high school, and he once was institutionalized for “erratic anger. There he explains:
"It was a dark center, so to actually have someone pick me up and help me to write, it was one of the bright spots in my life at that point. I would be writing and that's how I learned to process all these emotions that as an autistic child I didn't understand what to do with."
Autistic people have long been accused of lacking empathy. Fletcher is proof that this stereotype is wrong. Autistic people do have empathy and they might even put their lifes on the line for it. The knife Fletcher was attacked with missed his jugular vein by a few millimeters and he had surgery where the doctors removed bone fragments from his throat in order to repair the wound.