Is a lack of consideration the new black of today’s social culture?
When I’m really in the mood to raise my blood pressure I’ll find myself reading the comments section of our local Utah newspapers, namely the comments following articles on the topics of education or politics.
I don’t know why I do this to myself. If I were wise, I’d totally ignore both of those issues in this state. Embrace the whole ignorance is bliss idea. Instead, I regularly keep up to date with the decisions made by or about to be made by those holding public office. I guess it has to do with me preferring to see what is about to come barreling down the track at me rather than being blindsided.
What keeps popping out at me isn’t the political views of others, but a single word: Ut*rd. You know, like the r-word, but more local.
Each time I read that word I can’t help but cringe. Yes, I understand they aren’t specifically talking about Parker. But it isn’t exactly helping those who live with intellectual disabilities either. Let’s face it, even if they aren’t referring to Parker they are referring to SOMEONE with an intellectual disability.
Why do people seem to think the r-word is so amazing that it even deserves it’s own derivative?
Even BYU fans are resorting to calling Ute fans…..what else? U-t*ards.
Every once in awhile my fingers itch to reply to a comment something like this: “Dude! Would it kill you to take the word ret*rd and anything like it out of your vocabulary?” I know enough to understand that the comments section of my local newspaper isn’t the audience that is going to seriously take into account the harm this word does for those with special needs.
Odds are, there is always going to be someone who feels that using those with intellectual disabilities as the butt of their jokes to be well within their constitutional rights. Too bad they can’t realize that this pinnacle of their vocabulary shows their moral age to reside somewhere on the negative side of the number line.
I sometimes daydream about if I could get one person to understand….and they could get one person to understand…and then they could get one person to understand……
Well, could you imagine the difference we could make?
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