If you have checked out the web site R-Word.org, they have some wonderful items for sale such as t-shirts and mugs. I purchased a couple of t-shirts for my family. I love wearing them. They are a good quality shirt, the graphics are great, and I love the message on them. I first saw these shirts at a Special Olympics event. I just had to have one.
I was wearing one of my shirts the other day while I was grocery shopping. At the checkout, the clerk saw my shirt. She asked me about it. I started into my regular "speech" about the R-Word. She stopped me part way through. And began telling me her story of her son and his struggles through school. One of the administrators hat the school had called her son retarded. Her son was now twenty. She was devastated. It stayed with her. I saw the hurt in her face. Wasn't there a better way to discuss her son's struggles in school? I think so........
So, I was interested to see that yesterday, the R-Word hit center stage in the media. And a young Special Olympian took it upon himself to educate and advocate. Continue on to read this inspiring young man's words.
Special Olympian with Down Syndrome shames Ann Coulter over calling Obama ‘retard’
The incendiary conservative pundit stood by her use of the slur Tuesday, but John Franklin Stephens challenged her to attend the Special Olympics and leave with an unchanged heart.