I woke up to the news today that Ann Coulter had used the R-word in an insult to The President following the last debate. I went to bed with a migraine, but today I’ve woken up feeling worse. I’m tired of hate speech. I’m tired of waking up to a world with that word in it. There is no place for it- not in politics, and not in our personal lives.
A fellow autism parent blogger has started up a link for a post denouncing Ann Coulter’s slur, and some parents have posted photos to show exactly who is being insulted by the R-word. Both of my children have developmental delays; and both are beautiful, smart, funny, complex and worthy human beings. I liberally use photos of them in my blog, but I never will in association with something as derogatory as the R-word. That word doesn’t apply to them; it doesn’t apply to any of us.
I’m dismayed by a pundit using that word, but I’m just as angry about the number of people retweeting her comment, or defending such an offensive slur. If you use that word, if you defend the use of that word; you are hurting me and my family. And if you are going to start doing that, believe me, I have a number of choice words for you…and not one of them nearly as hateful as this one.