My friend Maggie, who is mother to beautiful Rachel brought this to my attention and I thank her for that (thank you Maggie). I dedicate this post to all people with disabilities worldwide, who have been hurt by derogatory words, which are completely unacceptable. I dedicate this post to my sister Erika, who left our world but not our lives almost 13 years ago and was the most beautiful angel that has ever touched my heart. She was born with mental retardation and experienced being judged and diminished by people she didn't even know. I, as her sister, suffered with the ignorance and continued disrespect she was the victim of and that's why I want to STOP the use of the r-word and help people understand how much it hurts!
So it goes...
"I pledge that I will not use the words “retard” or “retarded” to mean “stupid.” I understand this word is hurtful to kind, productive, inspirational people. I pledge to take responsibility for the power words have on others – because we all have the power to open hearts and change minds"
The R-Word campaign was designed to communicate the hurtful nature of the "r-word" and remove it from daily use; to help people understand that this word is NOT acceptable under any circumstance. The campaign also seeks to promote RESPECT, unity, friendship and inclusion.
Take the pledge people!
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