If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you should already know my opinion on the use of the r-word.
If you’re new here, let me sum it up for you:
Don’t use it.
Don’t ignore it when someone else uses it.
Don’t be afraid to speak up and make it known that using the r-word is outdated, and more importantly, incredibly offensive.
Don’t assume someone else will do it for you.
Don’t minimize – in your head or your heart – the damage using the r-word can inflict. Words have the power to lift others up, and they most certainly have the power to tear others down. The r-word falls in the latter category.
Don’t underestimate the population the r-word is so often and so cruelly used to describe. They are wise, loving, kind, intuitive people and they know a derogatory slur when they hear one.
Don’t forget: When we know better, we DO better.
So now, in case you didn’t already, you KNOW better. You’re already halfway there.
And, I’m going to stop right here. Because rather than reinventing the wheel, I’m going to provide you with some amazing content relevant to today’s “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign.
These are words of wisdom from some pretty awesome folks, so make it a point to stop by and read what they’ve got to say. I dare you to walk away unaffected.
and last but not least, a piece I recently did when I heard a young child use a word that is so incredibly demeaning and hurtful: