Imagine you’re a stand-up comedian.
Your audience is comprised of people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
Would you proceed to make jokes about riding the short bus or licking windows?
Would you say “that’s so retarded,” “don’t be retarded,” or “don’t be a retard”?
If you wouldn’t say it then, you shouldn’t say it ever.
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For a beautifully written article on the subject, read the following article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-franklin-stephens/i-am-the-person-you-hurt-when-you-say-the-r-word_b_4904579.html?1394038063