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January 01, 0001 | North America: Michigan

Why the R Word is Unacceptable

By Autumn

I have sensory processing disorder. The son of a family friend of mine has autism. The R word insults an entire group of people.View Story ▼I have sensory processing disorder. The son of a family friend of mine has autism. The R word insults an entire group of people, and delegitimizes mental illnesses. "Retarded" and "stupid" are not interchangeable. When someone says the R word, I feel alone and angry, and have considered suicide because of how society treats people with mental illnesses: as something we can control, as something not real just because we can't always see it, and as something to shame and look down at people for. It angers me thinking about how schools would never allow kids to say the N word, or even something as mild as "hell," but the R word is considered ok. I definitely appreciate this campaign, and if you pledged, good for you!

About Autumn:My name is Autumn. I'm 13. I'm homeschooled, and audit college classes at Spring Arbor University. I love literature, sociology, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Nightvale, Adventure Time, & Nerdfighteria.
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January 01, 0001 | North America: Washington

R-word stops NOW!

By Maisy

I'm here to stomp out bullying one word at a time! I feel tht kids shouldn't bully each other.View Story ▼I was bullied and called the r-word so much, it was hard too keep myself going telling me that their jealous. It wasn't fair that I was called a r-word. I'm here to stomp out bullying one word at a time! I feel tht kids shouldn't bully each other. Lets stop the r-word

About Maisy :I'm a cheerleader, basketball player, and a softball player. I'm obsessed with Talia Joy, and pigs! I really hate bullying! Together we can stomp out bullying! Take the pledge to not say the r-word!
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January 01, 0001 | North America: Northern California

My hatred of the r-word

By Matthew C. Witteman

The reason I got involved in this in the first place is because I noticed that anyone who was even slightly different would always be called the r-word, and I think this is wrong.View Story ▼The reason I got involved in this in the first place is because I noticed that anyone who was even slightly different would always be called the r-word, and I think this is wrong. So, what is my story? Well, in 6th grade, because I have Asperger syndrome, everyone assumed I had an intellectual disability, and also everyone else who was not integrated into quote-unquote "Normal" society would get insulted heavily, mainly involving the r-word. In that same grade, there was a girl named Mary who was severely disabled, both mentally and physically, and she was a great person in every other sense. Anyway, people with intellectual disabilities always seemed to me like the very happiest people in the world. A kid named Talon, who had a speech impediment, got called the r-word. I did. Cody, who had PDD-NOS, was called that. Why is the r-word the only insult neurotypical kids can think up?

About Matthew C. Witteman:I am a 12-year-old with Asperger syndrome who gets called the r-word all the time, and I am to get tired of its usage
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January 01, 0001 | North America: New York

Stop the Use of the R-Word!!!!!

By Julianna V

Working with these amazing kids all these years has taught me so much about how disrespectful and degrading the r-word is! The people with these disabilities are capable of so much more than people think they are.View Story ▼For over 5 years now, I have been volunteering at an organization, Buddy Ball. Buddy Ball is a program where people volunteer to assist or teach children with special needs with playing sports such as soccer, track, and basketball. Working with these amazing kids all these years has taught me so much about how disrespectful and degrading the r-word is! The people with these disabilities are capable of so much more than people think they are. These people are intelligent, sweet, caring, and so much more!! I really would love it if these awesome people could be appreciated more for who they are. If I do hear someone using the r-word as a slur, which unfortunately is very often, I always try to explain to them and tell them not to use the word, because honestly it should not be used in a negative way at all. It is so important to get rid of using the r-word in a negative way because retarted people are not "dumb", or less than anyone else and people need to understand that!

About Julianna V:Im Julianna and I am now a Junior in high school, and have been volunteering for buddy ball since 5th grade. I sing and play soccer and track and want to pursue the career in occupational therapy!
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January 01, 0001 | North America: Connecticut

Never giving up

By Claire Burns

All my friends know how horrible I feel when people use the r-word, I work with special ed kids and want to be a teacher when I'm older.View Story ▼All my friends know how horrible I feel when people use the r-word, I work with special ed kids and want to be a teacher when I'm older. One of my best friends still uses the r-word constantly knowing that it is derogatory so every time she says it I have to explain to her why it's such a horrible word and how it makes people feel. I hope one day she will realize how much one word can impact someone, I'm doing all that I can.

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