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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Is it ok to accept a person saying, "That shirt is so retarded"
(What does that mean anyway)because it is not a direct attack on someone who has MR?
I think it is worse to refer to an inanimate object as retarded...it is a direct attack on our children because all though they don't think of a person w/ MR when they say it per se, that is what it means and why should our children's mental status be used to refer to something as stupid...insert angry face and rolling eyes

I don't think most people "think" before they speak and no, we shouldn't cut them slack...IMHO...our entire history has been founded on words and definitions of words...as we have aged in "comforts" we have immaturely regressed in "language" and our forefathers would be disgusted at what our vocabularies have become. Some see vocabulary as an art and find the misuse of it a crime....and maybe it should be.

Our kids with Down Syndrome are not stupid and yes, they are classified as mentally retarded...
If, as a human being you have the capacity to understand the misuse of a word and you choose to ignore it, then THAT IS A HUGE PROBLEM!
Society needs to see this word as an insult...even if you are a parent of a "special needs child" who uses the word....it makes me sad that people are ok with using a "health term" as a derogatory term.



Deborah said...

I couldn't agree more with what you have said! Thanks for saying it.

Clark Mama said...

Right on girl! My thoughts exactly!

Christina said...

Agreed AGreed! In fact today my new boss said this shirt was retarded....I had to bite my tongue...next time...I won't!

The Balsis Family said...

Ditto. I was sitting at a conference a few weeks ago and the lady that was presenting (an FBI agent, nonetheless) was talking about child porn on the internet. She processed to call herself "a computer retard" twice. My co-workers all saw my eyes popping out of my face. What was the purpose of her statement? I, of course, interpret her statement to mean that someone who can't use computers must be a retard, meaning my child (who happens to be classified as mentally retarded). BUT...damn it...WHY can't she use a computer? And now for my favorite Stephanie saying....SPIT!

Megan's got 47 said...

ROFL Bethany, can you hear it in the back of your throat...LOL