“I thought The Accountant (2016) was a very interesting film, but what stuck to me the most was that the father of the main character, Christian Wolff, raised him with the belief that he should overcome the hardships that come with his autism. He meant well, but he did it in such a judgy way and the main character always seemed to need to prove his father and others wrong. The film is actually an action film with the main character being a mathematical master mind, but in the beginning, you see a part of his upbringing. You can’t see on the outside what is going on in his mind, but I believe that people do not need to quickly judge a person without trying to get to know him and without even trying to dig deeper. It’s not even the film’s main point, but it just made me think deeper about it. The following has nothing to do with the film. It is just that how this made me think of him being judged by others for his autism. The same counts for how other people can be judged for other things. Like How I, as a person of color, am judged by others as well. Sometimes people think that I must live in Bijlmer (a neighborhood in Amsterdam) because I am a person of color. Or people base it on the clothing I wear, but I don’t live there. I once even heard that I must come from a less fortunate family because I’m a person of color. As a black person, I have to work harder in this society to prove others wrong. Just to show people that we are not all the same, but unique separate individuals. I just wish people understood that it is important to not trust your first judgment about anyone. No matter what background you have.”
Photo and story by Feargal Agard
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