Things People Say

So…The R-Word Is Getting Some Press (No, Not THAT R-Word…)

October 15, 2013

There’s something very wrong with a society that obsesses over the nickname of a professional football franchise but sees nothing wrong with the everyday use of the word “retard.” Since the new NFL season started, I’ve seen lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth over whether the Washington Redskins should change their name. Neil Irwin […]

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Five Words I Hate and Why

August 15, 2013

1. Disabled I don’t hate the word disability, but I despise the word disabled – especially when I see it in a headline like this one, or worse, this one. “The disabled” is a lazy way of grouping people with a loose – very loose! – commonality. Sometimes it’s to elicit a sympathetic response, but that […]

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The Message of the Ugly Strawberries

February 7, 2013

Mr. Andi showed up the other night with a giant crate full of strawberries – fresh, delicious, and best of all, FREE. A friend of his knows a farmer, and said farmer had brought him more strawberries than his family could possibly eat, so he gave us call. Now that satsumas are past their peak, […]

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On Language, Racism, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches

September 13, 2012

The Portland Tribune published an article last week titled, “School beats the drum for equity“, which itself became the subject of an article, “Is Peanut Butter and Jelly Racist?“, published in several news outlets (I found it via The Huffington Post). The gist of the original piece is that a K-8 principal in the Portland […]

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Equal Rights For Me, But Not For Thee?

June 7, 2012

I’ll be honest. Until a few days ago, I had no idea who Margaret Cho was. But when Twitter lit up about her making an “I don’t want a retard” comment, the star of Drop Dead Diva and Dancing With the Stars appeared on my radar screen. While discussing her prospects for motherhood on Watch […]

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Spread the Word to End the Word

March 7, 2012

Sure, the R-word is offensive. It’s hurtful to individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, and friends. That’s reason enough not to say it. But never mind that it’s offensive. Put aside that it’s hurtful. The real reason not to use the R-word is because it devalues people, not because of their actions, but because of […]

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Things That Make Me a Little Crazy: Disability in the Media

January 5, 2012

I admit it. I’m a news junkie. When I worked full-time, I kept both my car and desktop radio tuned to NPR at all times, and most days I leave a 24-hour news channel on during the day when I’m home and Nathan is sleeping. I have a Google search set up in my reader […]

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The Power of Language

October 12, 2011

African-American. Gay and lesbian. Disabled person. What do you think of when you see these phrases? Nigger. Faggot. How do you feel when you hear or see these words? Retard. How is this word different from the previous two? Why do many in today’s society think it’s fine to use the words retard or retarded, […]

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Andi Speaks….Again

October 10, 2011

As I mentioned in last Friday’s 7 Quick Takes, today I was scheduled for two speaking engagements. The first was at a metro-Atlanta area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting; the second was the first installment of a series on diversity sponsored by Georgia Highlands College. I’ll post more later on my whirlwind speaking tour but […]

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Still Think the R-word Isn’t Hurtful?

September 19, 2011

Witness the power of a sister’s love. Warning: you’ll need a tissue. Thanks to Anna of The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear for sharing.

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