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Spread The Word To End The Word

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I’m taking a short break from the new dad baby posts so I can write about something different but equally important. My goal here is just to educate everyone a little. I think the biggest problem in 2020 is that people refuse to see things from another person’s perspective. It’s always a right or wrong thing and it doesn’t have to be. I’m here to try to teach and even learn more myself on how to be a better human being. Lately, I’ve been consistently posting about racism on my social media because that’s a topic that hits very close to home. This “word” that I’m talking about isn’t much different.

I don’t want to say that we’ve all used “r*tard” as a diss to someone else, but a lot of us have. Either with friends joking or in a heated argument to try and demean the other person. I want to tell you that it’s not cool. Knowing what I know now, I’m embarrassed that I ever thought differently and I’m glad that I have friends like John Holtz to help open my mind.

A few years ago, maybe even longer than a few, I met John because we are both Clippers fans. He told me that he coached a Special Olympics team and started to bring his boys to our BBQs and events. Some of the coolest guys ever. We hooped with them and even ran a scrimmage with them up in the valley one weekend. When they had a Special Olympics event in my area, I would go support. When they won medals, John would give me one. I mean, I considered them my friends.

One day, John gave me a wristband that said “End The R Word.” I asked him what it was about and he explained to me that when people use “r*tard” as an insult, it’s really hurtful to those with special needs. It was a really short conversation. I never thought of it that way and I felt like shit. I saw these guys as my friends and was totally blind to the fact that I wasn’t taking their feelings into consideration by using such a hurtful word. What the hell kind of friend was I? Not a very good one, that’s for damn sure. I was a shitty friend and an even shittier human being. I honestly didn’t know, but I also never thought about it from their side. I’m sorry.

He didn’t call me out on it, but asked me to make a pact to “Spread The Word To End the Word.” Since that moment, I have never used the “r word” (other than talking about car timing) and I won’t entertain anyone that does. In a joking, trash talking, or any manner at all. I try to tell others but it’s up to them to decide what they want to do. I can’t change the world even though it would be great if I could.

Words can hurt. Not always directly, but often indirectly. This is a small lead in to our current world situation. Where people I know and used to call friends are ok with calling COVID19 the “Chinese Flu” or “Kung Flu” even though it’s affecting so many Asian Americans. Almost every day there is a story about an Asian getting harassed or assaulted because idiots want to blame us for the virus. Even knowing damn well that their friends’ kids are getting bullied about it. Asian get cussed out, spit on, beat up, stabbed, kicked, and even worse. Why? Because they think it’s funny or feel the need to blame someone else for this pandemic. And their only response is “it’s not my problem if people can’t differentiate between the Chinese Communist Party and any Asian person that they see.” It’s selfish as fuck. Selfish. As. Fuck.

“That’s not offensive.”

“Grow thicker skin.”

“Tell your kids to toughen up.”

Stop telling people how they should feel about something. I’ll actually continue this on another post. I’ve already strayed too much from the original topic at hand.

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