Pissed Off E-Mail
To Whom it May Concern:
I just spotted your link on my Facebook page that read, "4 of your friends are RETARDED."
I am thankful most people are not parents of someone who is developmentally disabled. Not because they are not a complete joy to be around but because the road is difficult, and it does not help that the world makes it very clear that they do not fit in. One of the ways this is apparent is the rampant use of the word "retarded" (slang). In fact, I would consider this bordering on hate speech. It is not acceptable anymore to use this word (even the medical field is dropping it), and many of my friends on Facebook who see these links have children who would have been considered classically "retarded." We find this offensive. Period.
My son was born with a genetic birth defect, and I was told that he would be "retarded." It was like a punch in the stomach. Put yourself in my shoes. How would you feel if you found your child was the butt of jokes? No matter what your age, it is no longer appropriate to use this word. Period.
I challenge you to change your thinking and improve your public image by removing this word from your links that pop up on sites like Facebook. If you do, I will sing your praises to EVERYONE who will listen. My friends are already spreading the word. And we have very LOUD voices. Please forward this to the appropriate parties.
The mother of a developmentally disabled child who does not think the R word is funny
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