Monday, September 1, 2008
What Else Can We Do?
An article titled, What's Missing In The R-Word Debate, appeared in this past weekend's Washington Post. The author, Susan Senator, makes some very interesting points, and I felt reading the article was well worth my time. After reading the article, I then read the comments posted by readers. That was a mistake. The more I read the angrier I got.
Then it hit me. Our intellectual debates over the use of the word 'retarded', our plea for understanding of the hurt the word causes, our comparison of the word to other denigratory terms are all futile efforts. We're making no progress at all. People outside our sphere of disabilities don't get it and really aren't interested.
I don't know what the answer is, but I do know that I am very sad about this.