Spread the Word to End the Word

Hey Smart Girls!

Once in our life, we have all probably used words such as dumb, stupid, slow, dull, idiot, moron, jerk, and retard, to describe someone or something. All of these words are not very nice words and as smart girls we should focus on bringing out the positive in someone or something and not the negative, one word that I wanted to bring attention to and awareness about today is retard. By definition, retard means to make slow or to be delayed, but most oftentimes it is used negatively to describe a person who is mentally handicapped. The R-word is very hurtful because it is exclusive, offensive, and derogatory. John McGinley, who is an actor and stars in the TV show ‘Scrubs’, says that the R-word spreads hurt. He says that, “it is wrong to pain people with your language. Especially, when you have already been made aware of your oral transgression’s impact. Make no mistake about it: WORDS DO HURT! And when you pepper your speak with “retard” and “retarded,” you are spreading hurt” (from www.r-word.org).

Now that you know that the r-word is hurtful, how can you take action to help end the use of this word? First, you can pledge your support to eliminate the derogatory use of the r-word by going to www.r-word.org. After you have taken the pledge, you can get involved by: spreading the word to your community, whether it be your school or neighborhood, get involved with Special Olympics or Best Buddies, watch and share the videos that are on www.r-word.org, and by buying a t-shirt from the website to show your support!

The annual day of awareness to Spread the Word to End the Word is this coming Wednesday, March 6! I encourage you all to take the pledge and to try to get involved.

To find out more information and to take the pledge yourself, visit www.r-word.org !

Hope you all had a wonderful day, and remember to Be Smart, Share Smarts!

-Claire :)

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