Spread the word....
To end the word...
The R word.
We are hearing this word more often from television, music, sports telecasters, politicians, and friends. Walking down the aisle in Wal Mart or sitting on your front porch, the r word is used as slang in everyday language.
Spread the Word to End the Word in a campaign to encourage the community to end hate speech. Retarded was originally introduced as a medical term used to describe mental disabilities. In everyday language today "retard" and "retarded" are used as slang for "stupid" in regards to people without disabilities.
It hurts my heart. It makes me sad.
If you are one of the many people who use to r word in everyday language and feel it is not harmful or offensive then lets play a game.
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Please take a moment to scroll to the bottom of the screen. Look into the eyes of my beautiful children. Both of them have been labeled as developmentally delayed. Now say the r word. Seriously. Continue to say it. Say it until you can't take it any longer.
Is your heart breaking yet? Is it fair?
I didn't think so.
So next time you feel the need to embellish your speech with any r word try radish or rump roast.
When used as slang we are teaching our children to speak hate. We are allowing nastiness a place in our lives where inclusion and love should reside. It is simply not fair.
For more information on the Stop the Word campaign please check it out and make a pledge!
Take a stand and stop the word!!!