Do you know the Word? The R-Word?
Today is the 2013 “End the Word Day”!
I am joining the many strong individuals who will fight for what is right, to stand up for our families, friends and communities. We are using our voices to STOP the HATE, we must stop the discrimination and degrading of individuals. Together we can make a difference!
Many of us used the word retarded or retard as children and sadly many still do. It’s ugly, it’s not just a word it’s a feeling. The r-word is offensive, derogatory, insulting, cruel, discriminating and it’s continued use is just plain WRONG. Change begins with us, it only takes one person to make a difference. Imagine how many lives we can change when we are united, when we are many. We must teach our children to be kind and accepting. There are no two people alike and there never will be. We are all created equal!!
This is my beautiful AMAZING daughter Sophie. Sophie has Cri du Chat Syndrome, born with a missing piece of the short arm of chromosome 5. We were told she would not survive and would never function because she would be mentally retarded. Sophie is “developmentally delayed” but perfect the way she is. Sophie is stronger than anyone I know and she is not a label she is my daughter!
Why must we use labels to describe someone?
Hate is man kinds biggest failure. As a society we are failing because we are raising our children with ignorance, fear and hatred. And when our children grow up and are cruel and disconnected to the world no one wants to accept the reality of why they are this way. We are not born with hatred, hatred is taught.
Retarded! It’s a mean and hateful word.
STOP USING IT!!
Stand up for what is right!
You would not allow someone to say it to your child, step in and don’t allow it to be said to anyone else. Do your part, we can make a difference!