Yes, absolutely — as I noted in my letter, I realize that my skin color, my age, and all the signals of my middle-class life mean I get the benefit of the doubt in this kind of situation.

What I hope, and what we’ve discussed with the kids, is how those privileges mean we might be in a position to help other people by sharing our experience. I’ve been hugely encouraged by all the police officers who have shared or responded to this post. And I hope that if officers see that empathy rather than judgment is the way to help an autistic white kid, that will be their instinct when they encounter children of color, too.

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