As the mother of a six year old son with Down syndrome I am not going to tell you why you should not use the R-Word today.
I will not share with you the affect that word has on my family or anyone’s family today.
I will not tell you what emotion my husband experienced when he overheard a teenage boy whisper to his younger brother “Look, a retard” when he and Thorin walked into a holiday party.
I will not elaborate on what went through my mind when Thorin’s (former) pediatrician agreed to make a referral for osteopathic treatment because “since he’s retarded it could not help or hurt him.”
I will not tell you how I feel when yet another lame ass celebrity uses the R-Word and thinks an “Opps!” is the same as A Pass.
I will not try to appeal to your better self.
I will not argue with you.
I am done relying on ‘you people’ getting educated to the fact the R-word has got to go.
I will not discuss with you why I am angry this day still has relevance.
What I will tell you is this – It is time to ‘pay the Piper’. What this mother wants is a Penalty.
I want you called out, dressed down and thrown to the wolves.
I want you to stop using the R-word just to stop the pain.
I want employers, schools, organizations and entities of all kind to enforce existing sanctions on hate speech. I want you written up, suspended and dismissed.
I want your parents to take away your video games, smart phones and hair products.
I want your employers, co-workers, student body members, teachers and constituents to report you instead of pretending you didn’t just say that.
I want you to stop accepting that language in your home by a partner, family member or guest. If you would not allow them to use the N-word, the Q-word, the C-word or insert -your-worse-word-here do not allow that word.
I want us to boycott the films, television shows, radio programs, sports programming, etc. of celebrities who use the R-word. No more Pass. Apologies are no longer enough. For the Howard Stern’s, Jennifer Aniston’s and Ann Coulter’s of the world your tenuous relevancy is headed to a shelf life that has already expired.
I want us to start being proactive rather than reactionary. The R-word is out there every day. We do not have to wait until someone says it.
I want celebrities who hold the public interest to come out in support of abandoning the R-word. Justin Bieber your charge is a PSA stating that “I don’t kiss girls who use the R-word.” (Really, Justin, however you want to say it. I hate to dictate to an artist.)
I want you non-celebrities to realize you are part of the problem. Those of us that accept the R-word in our presence are just as guilty. I am speaking to you today. I am enlisting you in the penalty phase of eradicating this word from our speech. I am holding you accountable.
For those of you who insist on using the R-word I do not care if you ever understand why these consequences that will hopefully one day rain down on you are ‘just and righteous’.
I do not care why you stop using the R-word. I just want you to stop.
There is a tax. This word is no longer useful, funny, accurate or free. You are on notice.
Sing it sister!
Yup. Let’s put our money and attention towards those who deserve it. Haven’t bought a thing from Fisher Price since I learned they had advertised on Ann Coulter’s site.
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