The word is the r-word, or “retard(ed)”. As many use it not to be hurtful but to be funny or in jest, it is the single most hurtful word to say to any person with a mental or physical challenge. Okay, so you don’t say it to someone with those disabilities. How do you know? A lot of challenges are unseen. And what if you are not speaking to someone with a disability, but they have a loved one who is disabled. Or what if someone listening is or has a loved one who is disabled. Bottom line, it is hurtful no matter how you put it. Because it has become a part of our everyday language doesn’t make it right. So make the pledge to stop using the r-word.
In fact, let’s take this to another level. Let’s pledge to end all hateful words of any kind, to anyone. No matter their gender, race, religion, disability, orientation, likes, dislikes….anything. We are all adults here. End hate in all forms people. The world would be a much better place if we all lived in a respectful and loving culture. No, not everybody is like this, but you can be. And in so doing, you will set off a vibe that becomes contagious. One person becomes two and so on. Instead of spreading hate by using derogatory terms in any manner, spread love. Jesus did.