Eliminating The R Word???
December 26, 2011
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December 26, 2011
As y’all probably know by now I’m not normally always politically correct but this is one PC thing I’m in favor of…. eliminating the use of the words “retard” and “retarded” as slang or derogatory terms….
There’s a whole movement and campaign about this and you can sign a pledge that you will “Spread The Word To End The Word” at http://www.r-word.org/
What are your thoughts on this?
This hits close to home for the wife and me because while many people don’t put autism & mental retardation together, when you’ve got a severely autistic kid who’s 8 years old and his expressive & receptive language has been consistently at the 15-18 month level for years, guess what… he also could be considered retarded…
So when the wife and I hear that term, especially from people we know, it jolts us a bit, like a slap in the face…. but you’d be surprised how many people use it often with out even realizing it or meaning to.
No I’m not referring to some jerk who’s actually calling a disabled person, a retard. Of course that’s offensive… But what irks me is when people see something silly or bizarre and say “That’s so retarded” “You’re so retarded”… that kind of stuff….
I’ve even slipped up once in a while…and more recently almost slipped up and found myself starting to say the words “THAT’S SO….” and would redirect my brain mid-sentence to RIDICULOUS instead of retarded….
Again, I know this all sounds very PC. And this may sound bizarre but it doesn’t always bother me when I hear it used inappropriately in a movie or even in a broad comedy…but when I hear it used on the street or at work or at the family dinner table it makes my skin crawl….
Don’t they know that Kyle (their nephew, cousin, grandson, friend) is also retarded???
Am I too politically correct on this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts & opinions….
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Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).