Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I just found out about this today, a sharp eyed reader spotted it and sent it to me. I haven't had time to chase down who is sponsoring this or what is being done today. I'm glad that someone has organized a day.
However, for me. The word has ended. I do not use it, it is not used around me. I hear it on television, in movies and out of the mouths of passers by. I have handed out 'words hit' cards, and I have spoken up. At first I felt shy about doing it, now I don't. I'm convinced of the rightness of the cause.
It's a word only spoken to hurt or degrade.
Yet people say, 'I didn't mean anything by it.' Good, then, since it means nothing, your vocabulary won't be affected by erasing it from speech.
Yet people say, 'I wasn't referring so someone, you know, retarded.' Well, ya just did. I know that not everyone has the energy to know the exact terminology of what to call someone. Intellectually disabled, developmentally disabled, differently abled - yikes, I can't keep up. But pretty much every one knows the word disability and it fits the bill easily.
Yet people say, 'You shouldn't ban words.' Hmmmm. These usually are people who have banned a variety of words from their speech depending on their contacts and their preferences. Nah, let's be honest, these are people who have banned words from their speech based on the power and the anger of the group opposing them. Their courage comes from what they see as lack of consequences for their action.
'R@tard won't get you fired.' Yet.
'R@tard won't cost you social capital.' Yet.
'R@tard will still get a laugh.' 'So Far'
'R@tard makes you feel like a rebel.' 'Oh, Big, You.'
What is exciting me about our movement is two fold. First. we are going to win. Second, the reason we are going to win is because we are developing our power and our anger. We need these things, because the battles to come are going to be about structures built by brick or attitude. Battles that can only be won with the power of unity and the fuel of anger.
Today no one says the word around you or me 'k.
Can we make this a Rolling Around in My Head pledge.
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