Being #AutisticWhileBlack Like Izzy

A Black child outdoors holding a sticker that reads “Black Autistic Lives Matter”
Black Autistic Lives Matter sticker by Jen White Johnson available for $5 here

This week, a 10-year-old girl died in Utah. Her name was Izzy Tichenor. She was Black. She was autistic. She lived as many of us do, unseen, unheard, and bullied by a world where it’s normalized to look the other way when we’re being victimized.

Along with sadness for a young life lost, the headlines are filled with hand-wringing and bewilderment: How can this tragedy have happened? It’s likely that…