No matter where you go, you will hear people say, “That’s retarded” or “ That guy is a retard.” This fact is the exact reason Spread the Word to End the Word campaign was launched. The R-word is hurtful and dehumanizing to people with special needs. Spread the Word to End the Word (STWTETW) is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. Both campaigns support to stop the use of the R-word and to enlighten society on its effects. The founders of the organization were 2 college kids, Soeren Palumbo and Tim Shriver. They founded the organization in 2009 and Special Olympics athletes now run it along with Best Buddies leaders. The first Wednesday in March marks Spread the Word to End the Words global day of awareness. On this day, rallies and assemblies are held nationwide to show, especially the youth, the damage this word can cause and to try and get them to see people with disabilities as just another average human being.
Think about it. If you, one of your friends, or a family member had a disability, how would you feel when others use the word “retard(ed)” as a synonym for “stupid”? It may be hard to imagine how that would feel, but there are many wonderful people who do know what it is like. The r-word is offensive because it is exclusive and derogatory. The word “retard(ed)” hurts millions of people and their families. The “n-word” is not socially acceptable in society today; the r-word should not be either. These are both considered hate speech in the eyes of ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities.
Advocates believe individuals with cognitive disabilities and other developmental disabilities are capable of enjoying life’s experiences and that casual references to the words retard or retarded makes a person with intellectual disabilities feel “less than human.” Campaigns such as Spread the Word to End the Word utilize social media activism to promote their worthy movements. We have found that incorporating social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, add a personal touch to the argument and further advocate for the cause. Take the pledge to spread the word to end the word, and help promote the new r-word: respect.
The Spread The Word to End the Word is a United States national campaign encouraging individuals to sign a petition to stop using the word “retard”. Six years ago the campaign organizers launched the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign to build awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word. The campaign is online based and there is a direct website that supports the campaign. However, the problem with the website is that it limits the campaign to the Internet. This being said, access is an issue with the campaign; it limits people who don’t have access to Internet and contributes to the digital divide. The website also displays the use of social media activism. The use of sites like Facebook and Twitter help make a movement for the campaign. However, while many people argue that Facebook and Twitter do contribute to the campaigns success, many argue that the campaign uses slacktivism. This means that simply liking a Facebook page doesn’t exactly help the issue at hand.
Coca-Cola is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer, and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups(Coca-Cola Co.). Coca-Cola is involved in many community support events that include grants, scholarships, educational programs, HIV/AIDS prevention, sponsorships, and emergency relief. However, despite all of their efforts and contributions a certain commercial that Coca-Cola aired during the 2014 Super bowl caught many peoples attention.
Joel Ward, an African American hockey player, was recently at the center of a very disturbing storm of raciest tweets surrounding his play. In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ward scored the goal in over time to eliminate the previous champion Boston Bruins. What ensued on twitter was disrespectful and down right disgraceful. Thousands of tweets were sent out using raciest remarks and hurtful language.
America is supposed to be the melting pot; it’s supposed to be a country where everyone can come together and share their own culture with one another. This was a country of new hopes, new beginnings, and a way to share one’s beliefs they way they thought it should be shared without being condemned. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because in a way, it is. Take, for example, the war going on right now between Mexican immigration and the US. You don’t see us making a big deal about Canadians coming to the US. Nope. This all has to do with the issue of race. And not just racism itself, but cultural racism. But I’ll come back to that. Right now I want to give you a little history lesson to better educate you with the topic at hand.
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