I’m Christopher Bynes, also called Lightning Pill. I’m a 26 year old man who has Asperger’s Syndrome. I’m a musicmaker, a blogger, a poet, and also a husband. Since I was 3, I was diagnosed with having Asperger’s Syndrome. My mom saw me doing things such as reading, writing, and drawing portraits at the age of just 2 years old. I wasn’t very socially versed, but that came with the territory. These days, for the most part, living with Asperger’s has been pretty manageable. What’s been my main problem is trying to deal with being “a different person” who just happens to be black. In my twenty-six years of life, what I have taken away is that members of my community are usually quick to judge other members that live with a mental illness or disability. Some people of my community can’t deal with anything as simple as being openly emotional, which is a human trait! There have been multiple instances where people easily assume that being on the Autism spectrum means you’re retarded, and sometimes, they run with that. So, growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome and being black has been a struggle, simply because I had carried around the idea that my very own community has no clue as to what they can do with people like me. (This inspired an album trilogy that I am working on named humanbeyondrepair.)
Why help fund my video?
The reason people should fund my video is because I want people to realize that being different is not a bad thing in our community. I want to show my people with Asperger’s that they really aren’t alone and that they don’t have to see their disability as something to look down upon. In fact, it’s something that you can use to look at the world in a positive manner. What the people outside see is merely them.