There are a lot of causes I feel passionate about, but this one in particular strikes a personal chord.
We all know someone who has said (or says), “That’s retarded” or “You’re such a retard.” Perhaps that someone is you. I am not trying to personally attack you, but I do want you to understand my and 250,000+ other people’s point of view. At this day in age for our society, any derogatory use of the R-word is either a showcase of ignorance, or just plain mean.
And at the risk of offending you or your friend, I think it’s time to grow up.
In fact, here’s her video. I encourage you to watch – it’s very powerful.
Next time you catch yourself or someone you know using the R-word, correct it. Don’t just stand idly by and let disrespectful and hurtful terminology stay out there in the universe.
Speaking up is the absolute biggest difference you can make. Well, that and taking this pledge:
I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Let’s make an impact, both on March 7th and every day moving forward. I thank you, my family thanks you and most importantly, this guy thanks you. Because the thought of someone using the “R-word” against him now, and especially “back then,” makes me sick.
We’ve come a hell of a long way. It’s time society did, too.
If you sign the pledge, let me know in the comments! I am truly grateful for your support.