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All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism

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Delve into poetry, essays, short fiction, photography, paintings, and drawings in the first-ever anthology entirely by autistic people of color, featuring 61 writers and artists from seven countries. The work here represents the lives, politics, and artistic expressions of Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, Mixed-Race, and other racialized and people of color from many auti ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published June 19th 2017 by Dragonbee Press
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Emma Sea
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as non-fiction-to-read
update june 2017: I have requested my library buy this now it is released.

brief article about this book here

Goodreads, please give me an option for push notifications for the release of books. Pretty please.
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Martha
Autism is many things. But it is seldom what it is perceived by people to be. It isn’t a tragedy. It isn’t a ravaged life. It isn’t an entity that destroys lives. It isn’t a disease.
- Morenike Giwa Onaiwu


This is an important collection of essays, poetry and artwork from autistic women of color talking about how ableism intersects with other oppressions; particularly racism but also sexism and homophobia. There were three themes that I found particularly powerful:

I accepted his implicit judgment
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Mo
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a necessary, powerful anthology. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.

There's more authoritative info here: https://autismandrace.com/publicity/

I've tagged it as LGBTQIA\LGBTQIA-ish because there are quite a few pieces by queer and genderqueer writers in it. While gender and orientation aren't central themes, there's some great stuff there.

CW: violence, physical and emotional abuse of children, institutionalization, police violence
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Steph
A groundbreaking, essential book for everyone. Incredibly thought-provoking, emotional and informative.
Yuna
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hard one to rate, because in an anthology this big not every piece in it is probably going to be to an individual reader's taste (nor should they be, imo). Overall, I found this book to be an interesting, sometimes depressing, sometimes challenging, sometimes happy/hopeful read. It has essays, short stories, poems, and art. Some of it is very critical/analytical, while some of it is raw expression/emotion.

Lots to think about after reading this.
Danni Green
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This extremely important and powerful anthology is already my most-recommended book of the year.
Claire
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really important book given that women/people of color are vastly underrepresented in the autism literature. I’ve recently been reading about how autism in women manifests somewhat differently (resulting in their under-diagnosis), but the most prominent accounts primarily feature white women. I was therefore very excited to find this complementary collection featuring many autistic women and men of color (including black and indigenous) authors/artists. A number of the contributors are ...more
Alex
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such an important book, but it’s difficult to rate an anthology, particularly one of this length. It contains a variety of genres, including essays (both personal and academic), poetry, prose and artwork. Some pieces are stronger than others, but its scope means that it can resonate with a wide readership — there’s something for everyone!

I would especially recommend this anthology to other people in the autistic community, as we tend to be overwhelmingly white. Although there are many b
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Jalisa
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book gives a variety of perspectives in essay, poetry, and interview format with people of color who have autism. It really opened my eyes to the ways in which I operate in ableism and ways in which I buy into the problematic cultural narrative around people with disabilities, particularly those with mental disabilities. There are some truly gifted writers that I'm happy that I was exposed to including Ki'tay D. Davidson and Kaijaii Gomez Wick. There are A LOT of stories to dig into, and th ...more
Jo
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genuinely one of the best and most important books I've read in a while. I particularly appreciated the sensitivity and nuance with which they approached Jewish autistic identity. I have seldom seen Jewish identity approached with anything close to nuance and it was so incredibly important to me to see the writings of autistic Jews in here.
Marcela
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An incredible diversity of viewpoints with pieces from people of varying ethnic backgrounds, sexualities and ages, even including a seven year old. A true work of neurodiversity and intersectionality though you don’t have to be familiar with either concept to appreciate this.
Fae Morgan
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book to be very educational and emotional. I learnt a lot about this part of autism that I was unaware of, even as a person on the autistic spectrum myself; to all the people that contributed to this book, fantastic work everyone.
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Oh, autistic women of colour. Another day, then. Still cool this exists.
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