Today is the 5th annual day of awareness for pledging to remove the hurtful R-word from your vocabulary. It’s easy to pick up words that have been misused in our society and make them a permanent part of our lives. There are some words that are very inappropriate when used in a disrespectful manner. The R-word is one of those.
The word “retard” is often used out of frustration or anger, to describe something that one dislikes. “That’s retarded”
It is also commonly used to be cruel; “What a retard”. It’s equivalent to the words “Idiot” or “Stupid”.
It’s offensive, disrespectful and unacceptable to be used in those terms.
Why is it offensive?
The true definition of the word “retard” is used to MEDICALLY describe someone who less advanced or mentally delayed for their age.
That definition describes MY SON, My brother and many of my friends too. So, when someone says “That’s retarded” out of anger or frustration, referring to something they do not like, yes it becomes offensive.
It’s time to make a change and it starts with you!
Here are a few ways you can help make a difference:
- Join the “Spread the Word to End the Word” Campaign and take the R-word Pledge .
- Promise to think before you speak and use the R-word in a respectful manner.
- Talk to your children about the true definition of the word.
- Teach them why it is inappropriate to be used in a slang term.
I encourage you to take the pledge TODAY. Let’s make a difference for our children.
If you take the pledge, let me know below in the comments!
Tell me how you plan to make the change.