Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Respect- Something EVERYONE deserves

Why do people feel that they can dismiss me as being over sensitive and taking things too personally when I ask that they please not refer to someone as "being retarded".
Calling someone a "nigger" is taboo or not politically correct. It's not accepted.
Saying "Oh my god" can be offensive to someone who is religious or swearing can be understood as offensive at anytime but when it comes to retarded, no one even bats an eye.

Yes the word retard is a word but to some of us it's much more than a figure of speech. According to Websters dictionary it can
sometimes be offensive and means : slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress. So many people used the word "RETARD" without thinking about it. Well I am asking you today, Think about it, think about what you are doing everytime you use that word in the ways that it was not intended!!
Think about people like Nathan because he falls in this category, think about all those other people out there who are being victimized and hurt. This is not about being a sensitive special needs mom, this is about standing up fro what i believe in and explaining to all of you who may never have thought about it this way:
When the word " retard" is used to degrade another person or essentially say that they are worthless or not as important that's hurtful.
Please be respectful. I'm only asking that you think before you speak, sometimes a simple word can have so much more meaning than you think.

Remember: It's not the word that is offensive, it's how it's used that is.

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