I don’t normally use this forum to express any political, religious or social views, but there’s a movement happening today to “spread the word to end the word”–the R-Word. You can click right here to take the pledge. I’ve also written a short blog explaining my feelings about the word and why it’s so personal to me. Of course, if you’re a SuperFogeys reader, you already know why. Here’s a snippet of my blog:
Language is an every-evolving form of communication. Over time, word meanings can shift and what once was clinical can become derogatory and damaging. This has happened with the R-word.
For those who don’t know: The R-word is “Retard” or “Retarded.”
My daughter Cami has special needs. She has both physical and mental handicaps. She is also beautiful and sweet and perfect. Like so many children and adults like her, her life is hard enough without having to endure name-calling. But, the use of the R-word goes beyond that, doesn’t it? It’s not just a name. We hear the R-word used in casual speech all the time.
I’ve heard it said so many times in reference to anything from a bad movie to an ugly shirt. The meaning is understood: anything described as “retarded” is bad. But “retarded” is so much more than that… Read the rest right here.