This is just too much and hard to take seriously, except … well I do, and tells much about the left and their supposed sensitivity to “diversity”.
Jus to recap: In August WH chef Rahm Emanuel meets with Democrats. During that meeting Rahm drops the “R” word.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s verbal indiscretion — referring to some liberal activists as “f**king retarded” — has shined a spotlight on just how pervasive the R-word is in American conversation, and how offensive it can be for millions of Americans.
Ooops. Not surprisingly Sarah Palin, who has a child with Down Syndrom, pushed back.
Palin, whose youngest child, Trig, has Down syndrome, wrote that Emanuel’s expletive was “heartbreaking” and said his “degrading scolding” has been “completely ignored by the White House.”
“Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking,” wrote Palin.
So now, who does the media blame? Why Sarah Palin of course. Disgusting.
Then, yesterday, Bernie Goldberg told Fox News this is political correctness out of control. But Megyn Kelly correctly pushes back.
Actually, it’s not. The word was used in a pejorative manner. It was meant to be comparative in the worse sense. I work with teenagers with disabilities each summer at UCONN with the Youth Leadership forum. People with disabilities, not matter what disability, deserve respect as humans and should NEVER be held up as an example of scorn, Never. As far I as concerned both examples above are wrong. And its truly a shame.
I actually do think that Rahm should be forgiven. He apologized. But this is just an example of how people with disabilities are dismissed summarily in main stream America. So much work to do, which is why the Special Olympics did not just walk away from this. Special Olympics wants a long talk first.