Retarded R-word Sign

R-word, retarded… why exactly is this sign necessary?

Recently in front of the Imago Beauty Group salon at 113 Washington Street was this “politically correct” sign that read:

“R-WORD: SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD. The R-word is the word “retard(ed).” Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The R-word is hate speech.

Recognizing that our choice of language frames how we think about others, we pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities…”

r-word retarded sign in Hoboken NJ Imago Beauty Group

Get over yourself and don’t tell me what to say!

The phrase for people who embrace “social movements” like this is: “useful idiots.” This type of “debate” is only out there to divide the populous, in order to distract them from the real problems of this world. In other words, it is entirely pointless, and this overly-sensitive group of people are really just wasting their time. To be “offended” is purely your choice, and well within your control.

To quote a great piece my friend Mokokoma from South Africa wrote about this very subject:

“Words only mean [to us] what we allow them to mean to us… calling a cat a dog doesn’t really make or change the cat; so, why be put down by being called a fool, a nigger, a loser or, a kaffir? While the offender needs to offend to be, reality is that to be offended is the choice of the offended.

Indeed our stupidity is both entertaining and saddening. Our supply of intelligence and common sense is so low that we, instead of refusing to be offended, find refuge in self-deceptive linguistic devices such as:

  1. Political correctness, i.e., the avoidance of forms of expression that are perceived to exclude, marginalize or, insult, groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against; and
  2. Euphemism, i.e., mild or indirect words or expressions substituted for those that are considered to be too hard or “too blunt” when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

proofraeders are overrated

It’s YOUR attitude, not MY words!

“We write “f@#k” in place of “fuck.” Even though “f@#k” means “fuck” to the reader’s mind. “The four-letter word,” too, brings “fuck” to the mind. Yet we think that by writing “f@#k” and by saying “The Four-Letter Word” – instead of “fuck,” we are actually being polite and/or smart. Go figure!

This is of course, the very same foolishness that Louis C.K. tried to bring to our attention with “The N-Word” joke. Which basically revolves around how some “black” people are offended by the word “nigger,” but not the phrase “The N Word.”

Yet the phrase “The N-Word” and the word “nigger” bring to mind the very same race. In the same way the so-called “black” people are – as a collective – a referent to which black people, niggers, kaffirs, blacks, darkies, etc. refer.

Still and all, I still find being offended – by being called something, say a nigger, or an abbie or a dick or a greaseball or a pussy or a merkin or a cracker or a bitch or whatever – as a symptom of intellectual childishness; which is, of course, an inevitable, not to mention costly, price that the semantics-ignorant pay.

Nothing has the power to make one happy or unhappy. It is one’s attitude towards a thing that does. It is one’s attitude towards that thing, not the thing in itself – that has the power to make one happy or unhappy.”

There you go. It’s time to trash that retarded “r-word” sign and instead go change your attitude from within – one “social sucker” at a time.

12 Responses

  1. ScottyBeamed says:

    Hit the nail on the head. How the world has become so sensitive is disgraceful. Testicles are on the endangered species list.

  2. HansBrix says:

    Pointing out the “insensitivity” of others is an important part of leftist and SWPL status competition. It’s also a shaming tactic whereby they set themselves apart as morally superior to those troglodytes they so disdain.

  3. GerardB says:

    I’m not sure why you would feel this is a stand you need to take. People with intellectual disabilities (and those who take care of them) are extremely hurt by the use of this word and how it is often used to mean “stupid” or “less-than.” It’s not your responsibility to make them feel happy, but the least you can do is be considerate of other human beings and their feelings.

    • HansBrix says:

      But the very definition of “retarded” is “slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.” Are language scolds offended by the use of a word for exactly what it means?

      Words like moron, imbecile, cretin, dolt, mongoloid, and idiot were once clinical medical terms which were swept aside because they were offensive to the easily offended. If we ban “retarded” then it will be something else, something even less meaningful, which will take its place to offend and put the PC crowd’s britches in a bunch. Something smaller after that, and so on. This is the fractal nature of offense taking.

      The world is full of things which offend and will always be. That’s life. If you expect freedom from hurt or offense you’re in for a world of disappointment. Maybe better coping skills are in order.

      And besides, who made you or the PC crowd in general the arbiters of the good and proper?

      Gonna ban or burn books next?
      [quote comment=”223013″]I’m not sure why you would feel this is a stand you need to take. People with intellectual disabilities (and those who take care of them) are extremely hurt by the use of this word and how it is often used to mean “stupid” or “less-than.” It’s not your responsibility to make them feel happy, but the least you can do is be considerate of other human beings and their feelings.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        The word retard as in “delay” morphed into some derogatory slang many years ago. That deviation as well as further refinement of clinical categories has brought about the use of the more appropriate term developmental disability. [quote comment=”223016″]But the very definition of “retarded” is “slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.” Are language scolds offended by the use of a word for exactly what it means?Words like moron, imbecile, cretin, dolt, mongoloid, and idiot were once clinical medical terms which were swept aside because they were offensive to the easily offended. If we ban “retarded” then it will be something else, something even less meaningful, which will take its place to offend and put the PC crowd’s britches in a bunch. Something smaller after that, and so on. This is the fractal nature of offense taking.The world is full of things which offend and will always be. That’s life. If you expect freedom from hurt or offense you’re in for a world of disappointment. Maybe better coping skills are in order.And besides, who made you or the PC crowd in general the arbiters of the good and proper?Gonna ban or burn books next?[/quote]

  4. hoboken411 says:

    @GerardB – you said “People with intellectual disabilities (and those who take care of them) are extremely hurt by the use of this word…”

    Let’s analyze that with a bit more scrutiny – and perhaps you can see why you’re being overly-sensitive, and quite frankly – ridiculous.

    “Hurt by the use of…” can be applied to many things. Drugs. Movies (porn, violence, profanity), and “loud noises.”

    My point is – that why should they care what words another person uses? Did you see the rest of the post? Swear words. Racial slurs. So what?

    As long as someone does NOT violate common law:

    1. Do as you’ve promised or agreed to do.
    2. Do not encroach on another persons private space or property.

    We should all be fine. Say what you want. Call me what you want. Does not change what I am, and how I feel. Just don’t touch me or fuck with my shit. It is that simple.

    Today’s “information glut” and politically correct madness is reaching a tipping point.

  5. Frankie says:

    Being offended is trendy because it justifies some kind of status update. So superficial.

  6. animal_lover says:

    To promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual/mental disabilities it would be best to educate the public on neurological diversity rather than focusing on a word. I do hate certain words whether derogatory or grandiose but the removal is like a ban and we know that prohibition is not a good tactic.

  7. animal_lover says:

    411, I don’t agree with the attitude issue. The sensitivity that arises from some conditions are neurological in nature causing perception to be different from a “neuro-normal”. So, for example, a sound that might be in the loud range for you, may be excruciating to someone with a sound sensitivity. Merely adjusting their attitude would not do a lot of good.

  8. GerardB says:

    But do you really want to be using this word? A word that when used in the way this sign is advocating against disparages a group of people who are (often) not capable of standing up for themselves because of their limitations? It just seems like the most unnecessary stance and in complete poor taste.

    I care when people use racial slurs because those often come from people who are racist. The result of racism has been the subjugation of entire demographics and treating them as though they are less than human.

    I care when people use the word “homo” or “gay” to describe things as stupid or sensitive because it’s often lead to discrimination and unfair treatment toward the LGBTQ community.

    And I care when people use the word “retard” to associate character traits of forgetfulness, clumsiness, or ignorance because it is those sentiments that push people with intellectual disabilities further toward the fringes of our society.

    Just let the word go and try expanding your vocabulary instead.

    • Frankie says:

      But you just said “homo” and “gay” to describe someone describing something! Does putting them in quotes absolve you from the hurt you caused my eyes when I saw them? And how do you feel when blacks use racial slurs in their own music? Or do you not care because you don’t associate with “that kind” of music or people? Anyone who has a stance on racism is a hypocrite. Every single one of us has had racist thoughts at one point or another. Just because they weren’t necessarily made public doesn’t change the truth.[quote comment=”223026″]But do you really want to be using this word? A word that when used in the way this sign is advocating against disparages a group of people who are (often) not capable of standing up for themselves because of their limitations? It just seems like the most unnecessary stance and in complete poor taste.I care when people use racial slurs because those often come from people who are racist. The result of racism has been the subjugation of entire demographics and treating them as though they are less than human.I care when people use the word “homo” or “gay” to describe things as stupid or sensitive because it’s often lead to discrimination and unfair treatment toward the LGBTQ community.And I care when people use the word “retard” to associate character traits of forgetfulness, clumsiness, or ignorance because it is those sentiments that push people with intellectual disabilities further toward the fringes of our society.Just let the word go and try expanding your vocabulary instead.[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      GerardB, it is totally wrong. Disabled including developmentally disabled have a much higher rate of victimization than the rest of the population and deserve both undressanding and protection.

      I apologize for the lack of understanding you have encountered. Don’t give up the advocating for the disabled. [quote comment=”223026″]But do you really want to be using this word? A word that when used in the way this sign is advocating against disparages a group of people who are (often) not capable of standing up for themselves because of their limitations? It just seems like the most unnecessary stance and in complete poor taste.I care when people use racial slurs because those often come from people who are racist. The result of racism has been the subjugation of entire demographics and treating them as though they are less than human.I care when people use the word “homo” or “gay” to describe things as stupid or sensitive because it’s often lead to discrimination and unfair treatment toward the LGBTQ community.And I care when people use the word “retard” to associate character traits of forgetfulness, clumsiness, or ignorance because it is those sentiments that push people with intellectual disabilities further toward the fringes of our society.Just let the word go and try expanding your vocabulary instead.[/quote]

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