I was surprised to read in Mandy Nolan’s column this week a ‘joke’ in which someone calls her ‘a retard’ because she’s so incompetent.
Mandy, I love your columns, and appreciate your principled yet funny approach to life. So what happened here?
I can only assume you don’t know better, because from reading your column for years now, I know you stand for civil rights, and justice and equality for all.
So, just so you know, the word ‘retard’ has a similar cruel history to ‘fag’ and ‘nigger’, and for similar reasons is just as unacceptable.
These great websites have more information: http://www.r-word.org; https://www.facebook.com/bantheuseoftherword; https://www.facebook.com/EndtheWord.
As it says on the last site listed: ‘Language affects attitude. Attitude affects actions.’
I hope you’ll look at these sites, raise your level of awareness, and use respectful, people first language from now on.
Laura Bloom, Kirribilli