Students signing the petition to end the words “retard” and “retarded” is an ineffective way of getting a point across. I don’t use that slang. I think other people that say it are feeble-minded and won’t change their language no matter how many signatures appear on that petition.
First, let’s think about other more noteworthy things students at Slippery Rock could be signing. The first thing that comes to mind is that students should sign a petition that they promise to graduate from college. Imagine how many people lack a college education and put into mind how much better our world would be if everyone were college educated. Now that’s something I would sign. Something else I would sign would be a petition promising that students will never drive drunk. Get all the drunk drivers off the road. Now there’s something I would rather see than have people stop using the words “retard” and “retarded.” See the banishing of those words won’t change anything. People will still use those words and in some instances it’s educational to use such language. Discussing mental retardation in a history class is one hundred percent appropriate as it has educational value and students can understand the troubles the mentally retarded have had to go through.
Back to the other suggestions to better petitions, one petition could be that students sign in support of an end to racism. Who wants racism? I would sign a petition to outlaw racism. Racism isn’t gone. There is still a racial divide in this country, at least. If you don’t believe me, watch the news.
Let’s take a look at something else problematic like drugs. Oh, some people just think it’s natural for teenagers or college students to engage in drug use. Your response should be, “What!?” Indeed, people do think drug use is natural and that it’s not harmful. See they are ignoring the facts. They are promoting the derelict parents in this world. They are also the same people that are saying, “All these people are in jail for nonviolent crimes when they sell drugs.” You would be surprised- or not so much depending on who you are. There are celebrities that say there are too many people in jail for selling drugs. No matter who you are, when you sell drugs you deserve to be locked up for a while. Drugs are poison. They kill people. They enslave. They destroy what’s magnificent about humanity. So how’s about everyone sign a petition to promise never to do drugs? Does that sound like something more worthwhile? It should. It will make good people proud.
The signing of that petition to end words is doing nothing. I have noticed no progress. Progress is not made when the message can exploited and torn to shreds such as right here and put emphasis on the “right here” part. This is public. You’re reading it. I don’t hesitate to say that a petition is doing nothing to end mental retardation or the disrespect the mentally retarded face.
Now let’s figure out what all this is about. It’s about political correctness. Political correctness is an embarrassment to America. It does nothing. It keeps people back from stating an opinion just because someone else might be offended. Look, I get that slang is offensive. It’s simple. There are things we just shouldn’t say.