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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Politically Correct words

So today on one of the facebook pages I follow, Chicks on the right, there was a discussion on the use of the word "TARD". It is the new acronym for the protesters and rioters of Trump. Apparently these ladies are the ones who coined it. And they were defending it. Even though it is offensive to some. One of the women even has a mentally challenged son. I pointed out to them why it is offensive. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My brother had Down's Syndrome and the mental capacity of a 6 month old. During that era, he was denied access to school, denied access to doctors, called names including "retard", and generally disregarded as a person. It was a hurtful time and that word was meant to hurt not describe a condition. I pointed this out to the chicks on the right blogger. She never did get it. She said it was wrong to call them that but okay to use the word. It's not. Why do I know? Because it is disrespectful towards all disabled people. Whether they hear you say the word or not. It hurts them. I couldn't get that through the blogger's head. How sad that such ignorance still exists today. My son has not faced half of the ignorance my brother faced. Thank God. We have come far in that respect. School services and the requirement to serve ALL people including the disabled--we can thank John F Kennedy and the democrats after him. As for that facebook page, I think I will unfollow. They won't miss me but I will feel better for not reading about such ignorance.

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