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Friday, June 3, 2011

If you have children, or if you're a teenager, PLEASE read this!

     As the mother of a teenager, I have heard the "R" word (retard, retarded, tard, etc.) thrown around like it's nothing.  People, not just teens, are either using it to call something or someone stupid.  Sometimes they do use it as it's correct meaning, but in a derogatory manner.  Here's the definition of retard:  to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment.  No where in that definition is STUPID, DUMB, IGNORANT, SILLY, or CRAZY mentioned.  It just makes my blood boil when I hear that word used incorrectly.  See, my son, Troy has Down syndrome.  Because he has that extra chromosome, he is labelled mentally retarded.  Which is true.  He's not where a child without the extra chromosome is at his age.  But that doesn't mean he's stupid.  That just means that he has to work a little harder for a little longer, but one day he'll be where he needs to be.  But that doesn't give anyone the right to call him names or make fun of him in any way.  He's a human being that has feelings & deserves RESPECT, so do the people that love him.  It's also inappropriate to call someone slow or special....it implies the same thing.   I've even noticed that doctors & therapists do not use the "R" word much any more.  They now use the term delayed., which is more appropriate.  Just like using the word nigger is offensive, retard is just as offensive.  Would you say the "N" word in public or in front of others?  Seriously, if you need a variety of words to use, then pick up a dictionary or a thesarus.  Because when you misuse these words, you are making yourself look bad & you are offending those near you, like me!  Please think before you speak because words do hurt & offend others.  Just put yourself in my shoes.  Would you like to hear people degrading your child or someone close to you?  ~Also, think before you type.  I've seen so many people on facebook use the "R" word in a degrading manner.  If you mean stupid, say stupid, not retarded.  I know that many of my blogs & status updates are about this topic, but it's very dear to my heart.  When the world is finally rid of this stereotypical word, then & only then, will my job be done.  We're all different in so many ways, but alike in others, so don't judge others...it's not our job, that's up to God.  And think of it this way, God put us all on earth for a reason & He made us just the way he wanted us to be made, when you judge mankind, you're judging God!
     Here are some words you can use when you want to imply something or someone is stupid in lieu of saying the "R" word:  uneducated, uninformed, mindless, imbecile, unwise, asinine, irrational, ignorant, dumb, clueless, & unknowing.
     Visit http://www.r-word.org/ to take the pledge to stop misusing the "R" word.  Spread The Word To End The Word.

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