You may have read that Ann Coulter called Obama a "retard" on Twitter.
I'm shocked by the amount of blog comments and Tweets I've read defending Ann, because they hate Obama and/or because they think "retard" is an accurate, acceptable term.
It isn't. It's hate speech. It's a slur. You're right, "retard" isn't a bad word. But it is in the context of equating disability with something undesirable. Something insult worthy.
But, for me, Ann Coulter's use of this term, and her supporters' defence of it, is not really the main issue.
The issue is that it is socially acceptable to use this term for some reason. People who use the word, or are okay with it, argue that it's okay because "retard" is a real word and they aren't referring to people with intellectual disabilities. They love them! "I'm not hateful. My neighbor has Autism. This is about Obama, not slow kids, you PC libtard @$#%#*!" (It ALWAYS turns into a partisan thing.)
The issue is that despite Ann's lack of tact, her hate speech, people follow her. She is influential. That scares me.
The issue is that even many of those who admonished Ann, mostly liberals, used hate speech. Calling her a "tranny," saying that she is the retard. What does that say about the discourse and our attitudes to transexuals and intellectually disabled people?