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The words "retard" and "retarded" are ableist slurs.
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Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 10:20 AM by lightningandsnow
Picture this: A group of friends are hanging out laughing and joking when someone says something silly. One person yells, "You retard!" Everyone laughs and joins in the name-calling, but the person being laughed at does not find it funny and walks out in anger. Friends follow him out
saying, "Grow a thick skin. Don't be so sensitive. Can't you take a joke? It's just a word."

"Retard" is not just a word; it is hateful and mean speech. It is a slur used against people with intellectual disabilities. Some defend the use of the word by saying that often, the person whom the slur is directed at does not have intellectual disabilities, so it should not be seen as an insult. The word is still an insult! It is used to describe someone who is stupid or acting as such. People with intellectual disabilities are by no means stupid. It may take them longer to learn some things, but they are not stupid by any stretch of the imagination!

Words hurt. I don't care about the old adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." That's just a cover-up for hurt feelings. Every human being alive has something that he or she is sensitive about; something that they will not tolerate others joking about, or making light of.

For me, and many people with disabilities, "retard" is a word that not only hurts, it sears the soul. It breaks the heart and the spirit.


http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2593659/whats_...

Words matter. This word has no place on DU, just like other slurs.
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  -The words "retard" and "retarded" are ableist slurs. lightningandsnow  Jan-27-10 10:19 AM   #0 
  - Agreed 100%.  MineralMan   Jan-27-10 10:20 AM   #1 
  - There's lots of prejudice against the disabled  tonysam   Jan-27-10 10:21 AM   #2 
  - Agreed  Hassin Bin Sober   Jan-27-10 10:23 AM   #3 
  - Agree  NoNothing   Jan-27-10 10:23 AM   #4 
  - "You went full cognitively disabled, man...  -..__...   Jan-27-10 10:32 AM   #17 
  - Well, all right  izquierdista   Jan-27-10 10:45 AM   #22 
  - I agree, but the term 'ableist' is one of those constructs that make people roll their eyes...  Richardo   Jan-27-10 10:24 AM   #5 
  - How is it different from saying something is sexist, racist or homophobic?  lightningandsnow   Jan-27-10 10:30 AM   #13 
     - It's awkward and unnecessary. And it REALLY plays to the liberal PC stereotype  Richardo   Jan-27-10 10:34 AM   #18 
        - +10000  rd_kent   Jan-27-10 11:12 AM   #37 
        - Heaven forbid some crass right wing bigot calls us "PC".  EFerrari   Jan-27-10 11:49 AM   #54 
        - You vocabist!  Zomby Woof   Jan-27-10 12:08 PM   #60 
        - I love pacifica, but people who use terms like that are self-defeating. They might as well change  yurbud   Jan-27-10 12:28 PM   # 
  - Retard is. Retarded is not.  Kurt_and_Hunter   Jan-27-10 10:25 AM   #6 
  - yeah, tell that to my 11 year old son  placton   Jan-27-10 10:31 AM   #14 
  - Very mature response  Kurt_and_Hunter   Jan-27-10 10:31 AM   #16 
  - ***eye roll****  rd_kent   Jan-27-10 11:11 AM   #34 
  - +1 nt  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:13 PM   #62 
  - I have a 37 year old severely to profoundly retarded daughter. I don't think the term  demigoddess   Jan-27-10 10:51 AM   #25 
  - Used in anything other than a clinical setting is inappropriate.  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 10:59 AM   #28 
  - I am probably one of the few who cringe at this word  hfojvt   Jan-27-10 11:28 AM   #44 
  - Equating "retarded" with "stupid" or "bad" is. It's a particularly cowardly slur. n/t  Orsino   Jan-27-10 11:47 AM   #52 
  - Next, it will be "Developmentally Disabled" that is considered a slur...  Romulox   Jan-27-10 10:25 AM   #7 
  - Retarded = delayed. Use your dictionary. No slur has ever been intended with  kestrel91316   Jan-27-10 10:26 AM   #8 
  - You're suggesting that what Emmanuel meant to say was "that's fucking delayed"?  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 10:53 AM   #26 
     - A plan is not self aware. It has no feelings. It cannot be insulted.  Kaleva   Jan-27-10 12:30 PM   #76 
  - Funny thing about the use of that word as a slur.  YOY   Jan-27-10 10:27 AM   #9 
  - definition time. Retard-to make slow; delay the development or progress of. hinder or impede.  NightWatcher   Jan-27-10 10:27 AM   #10 
  - That's the verb, not the noun. The noun is a slur.  Richardo   Jan-27-10 10:35 AM   #20 
  - The words themselves are not, it is how they are used. A throttle can  Obamanaut   Jan-27-10 10:27 AM   #11 
  - Every time I alert on "retard/ed" in a post and give the reason, it's deleted, and for that I thank  Brickbat   Jan-27-10 10:29 AM   #12 
  - yes they responded yesterday when a rash of reactions to Rahm's verbal violence started  omega minimo   Jan-27-10 12:28 PM   #73 
  - And it's a word DUers never use, is it  frazzled   Jan-27-10 10:31 AM   #15 
  - We're complaining about it here and now. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 10:51 AM   #24 
  - You've missed the point  frazzled   Jan-27-10 11:03 AM   #29 
     - For what it's worth, I call it out when it's targeted at republicans as well...  lightningandsnow   Jan-27-10 11:06 AM   #31 
     - I do care, and I actually alert when I see it.  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 11:08 AM   #32 
        - But you've never started a thread on it before  frazzled   Jan-27-10 11:13 AM   #38 
           - That's a safe bet on your part  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 11:18 AM   #41 
              - LOL, nice try  frazzled   Jan-27-10 11:36 AM   #50 
  - People post things like that for instant liberal cred  Zomby Woof   Jan-27-10 12:18 PM   #66 
  - I wince when I here someone casually fling around the words...  Silent3   Jan-27-10 10:34 AM   #19 
  - I hope  libodem   Jan-27-10 11:11 AM   #33 
  - Perfect. In a post like this...  Silent3   Jan-27-10 11:50 AM   #55 
  - There are thousands of ways to insult someone without demeaning the disabled  Maru Kitteh   Jan-27-10 10:37 AM   #21 
  - Agreed.  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 10:50 AM   #23 
  - $1 Rahmbuck per unrec  Moochy   Jan-27-10 10:57 AM   #27 
  - Language police have no place on a political discussion board  Warpy   Jan-27-10 11:06 AM   #30 
  - You don't get it.  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 11:12 AM   #36 
  - Perhaps you should have read the whole post  Warpy   Jan-27-10 11:28 AM   #45 
  - Would you feel the same way about the N word or gay slurs?  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:17 PM   #65 
     - I don't like to see them  Warpy   Jan-27-10 12:38 PM   #79 
     - What Warpy Said  RobinA   Jan-27-10 12:43 PM   #80 
        - I doubt you would feel this way if it was YOU or someone you loved being spit upon. nt  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:59 PM   #81 
  - Lecturing the masses makes your message unheard. You come off as an unsympathetic scold.  Stinky The Clown   Jan-27-10 11:12 AM   #35 
  - Taking the message directly to Rahm?  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 11:16 AM   #39 
     - Does it persist with the same offenders?  Stinky The Clown   Jan-27-10 11:21 AM   #42 
        - With only one or two exceptions, no, not as far as I've noticed.  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 11:24 AM   #43 
  - Some here so no problem using the term hunchback.  Fire_Medic_Dave   Jan-27-10 11:18 AM   #40 
  - I don't know why  ChickMagic   Jan-27-10 11:32 AM   #48 
  - That's what I say.  BlueIris   Jan-27-10 11:30 AM   #46 
  - what if it's used to describe a noun?  snooper2   Jan-27-10 11:32 AM   #47 
  - Have you been looking at my car  ChickMagic   Jan-27-10 11:33 AM   #49 
  - only if you are rolling in one of these  snooper2   Jan-27-10 11:40 AM   #51 
     - Not that kind of retarded looking. :)  ChickMagic   Jan-27-10 11:51 AM   #56 
        - yep..been a long time  snooper2   Jan-27-10 01:03 PM   #82 
  - See #52. n/t  Orsino   Jan-27-10 11:48 AM   #53 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 11:54 AM   #57 
  - Thank you!  Warpy   Jan-27-10 12:01 PM   #58 
  - Yeah and people used to think the same thing about the N word and gay slurs.  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:19 PM   #67 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 12:24 PM   #72 
  - I find the word "ableist" pretty awkward--we don't need new labels for "douche bag"  Bucky   Jan-27-10 12:04 PM   #59 
  - D-bag is another offensive slur to women. Don't be so ignorant. nt  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:20 PM   #69 
  - Rahm Emanuel is a TOTAL FUCKING ASSHOLE for using that word against liberals.  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:11 PM   #61 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 12:14 PM   #63 
  - Nope and your post is totally ignorant. nt  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:22 PM   #70 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 12:28 PM   #75 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 12:31 PM   #77 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-10 12:35 PM   #78 
  - Yep. He resorted to the RW tactic of denigrating those who dissent  havocmom   Jan-27-10 12:20 PM   #68 
     - I'm starting to think Rahm is worse than Rove. Yes, he needs to be fired like yesterday! nt  earth mom   Jan-27-10 12:23 PM   #71 
  - I rip on ANY a-hole who uses these words. My son is autistic and  Common Sense Party   Jan-27-10 12:17 PM   #64 
  - There are other words that are just as bad.  leftyladyfrommo   Jan-27-10 12:28 PM   #74 
 

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