Over the years I haven’t had much to be shocked out on the internet. Between viral posts, duck lips, people sharing every waking moment and thought, fights, relationship woes and more, I think its pretty safe to say we are all a bit numb on what we read – and what we say. There is no doubt that I work in an online industry. If you are reading this, you realize that I have a blog and that I have social sites, so being active in an online community is part of what I do on a daily basis and I try to keep most if it with a grain of salt. But over the past few years as a blogger, and as a mother, I have learned that words can hurt.
Words can hurt others, words can hurt our children, words can hurt our own selves.
And today while reviewing my stream, I saw this little tidbit of a graphic pull up and felt compelled to say something.
As an adult I have to say that I see why that word is as outdated, useless, and offensive as so many we have set aside of the same nature in the human language. I have a great deal many friends that have disabilities, families with disabilities, and children with disabilities. It’s not funny – it’s real.
But the response to me pointing it out was even, in its own way, worse.
We can all do better.
Nothing is stopping us but us.