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A Boycott

March 3, 2009

I am not the author of the following posting. However, I recommend reading it and participating in the boycott. (Distribution of this message was requested by the writer.)


I’m writing to inform you all of a boycott of the Lindt chocolate company. As you can see, I’ve also cc’d the Lindt customer service email (lindt@qualitycustomercare.com) and I’d advise you all to do the same when forwarding this information, in order to send a message to Lindt.

As some of you may be aware, Lindt is partnering with Autism Speaks this year, an
organisation dedicated to eliminating autism – which, unsurprisingly, is a goal that the autistic community is very much against. For those of you that don’t know much about them, here’s a few pointers:

  • Autism Speaks relies on pity propaganda and negative stereotyping to achieve their goals. In one famous example, the vice-president of Autism Speaks talks about wanting to drive herself and her daughter off a bridge, and only refraining from doing so because of her ‘normal’ daughter at home. The negative stereotyping produced by this devaluation of autistic lives creates barriers to employment and services (as these negative stereotypes will lead companies to underestimate the capabilities of autistic people), and can lead to many other forms of bullying and discrimination.
  • The money raised by Autism Speaks goes towards eliminating autism, rather than helping autistic people. Autism is a deeply ingrained part of autistic people, and the two cannot be meaningfully separated without altering the person – as such, the elimination of autism is not a goal supported by the majority of the autistic community. In addition, their research into pre-natal testing for autism is considered by many autistic people to be a form of eugenics.
  • For more information, take a look at http://notautismspeaks.tk/.

I’d therefore like to recommend a boycott of all Lindt products for the duration of this campaign – from now until the 15th of April.

As stated at the top of this email, if you’re forwarding this on, please also cc the
Lindt customer service email (lindt@qualitycustomercare.com). The more emails they receive, the less likely they are to support this unethical organisation again next year.

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