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.

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