"I don't mean it that way!" "It's a joke, come on." "You're taking it too seriously!"View Story ▼"I don't mean it that way!" "It's a joke, come on." "You're taking it too seriously!"
That's the response after I tell someone to not use the word they did. All my friends and family know why this means a lot to me. There are few things that I don't put up with, and that is one of them. Here's why.
My Aunt is has an intellectual disability. She has such a bubbly and sweet personality. She is her own person, and is put into a box with everyone else in the world who is "Not Normal." She loves mac 'n cheese. She loves to bake sugar cookies with my mom. She loves birds. She loves to talk on the telephone.
She has feelings, and even if she is different, she is still a person. She is no less deserving of basic human respect than you, just because her brain works differently.
I am taking a step to end the R-Word in my community, and in the lives of those around me. Words hurt, but it hurts the people who are around to hear it used against someone who you'd consider different.
About Cheyenne March:Cheyenne is 18 years old, and a senior in High School. Planning to attend a university in Virginia, she is pursuing a double major in special education and elementary education. View less ▲