Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Spread the Word to End the Word!
A couple years ago, I posted this story of when some kids called Danny a "retard" at the playground.
It was devastating. But it also taught me a lesson. As a kid of the 80s, I used the word "retard" and "retarded" with abandon. Bad hair day? Yep, my hair looked retarded.
Forgot my homework at home? I must be a retard.
Someone did something stupid? I called them retarded.
I'm ashamed of that, now. I had no idea, no idea at all how destructive and hateful that word is.
But now I know. Unfortunately, I had to learn from personal experience.
So, please, please, please stop using this word!
This public service announcement sums it up perfectly.