February 09, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Off the beat: A case against the ‘r-word’

By The Daily Californian

Our campus comprises some of the most eloquent students in the nation — activists who stand for the rights of the historically oppressed, the misapprehended, the overlooked. Yet, I continually hear a word tossed around that is so insidious, so toxic, that its mere utterance fills me with a quiet dejection. “That’s retarded.” I look up, dumbfounded, with blurred gray eyes and an expression that conveys a silent suffering. The perpetrator — sometimes friend, sometimes foe — cackles, blissfully unaware of the slight’s impact.

About The Daily Californian: The Daily Californian is an independent, student-run newspaper published by the Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company, Inc. The Daily Californian covers both the UC Berkeley campus and the city of Berkeley.
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