What does /pol/ think? Is it offensive?
"After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a “retard” in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:
Dear Ann Coulter, Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night. I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have. Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next. Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more. After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV. I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash. Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much. Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia"
'Retard' simply means to resist or hold back, it can have any number of uses.
If someones offended by it, it's probably because they associate with it in some way.
Like they are one.
Personally, I avoid using the term "retarded" because I do think that it is insensitive to those with disabilities.
There is a man with Down syndrome who works at the same company as me. He's a nice guy. They give him limited tasks and he tries his best.
I'm probably a bit older and more mature than most of you 18/19 year old pimple poppers on here though. Fucking diaper shitters.
>So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.
> I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word
Ann Coulter said we shouldn't accept retards or disabled people in the country.
Mind you will at the same time saying we OWED "African Americans" for Slavery.
/pol/'s queen is a horse faced coal burner lmaooooo
context is important with words, a concept liberals will NEVER understand.
>drops plate on floor
>someone says, "Wow you're a fucking retard"
>tldr calling you a retard means they called you stupid / clumsy
The word retard is no different from calling someone "very stupid" when it is used to insult someone. However, liberals are unable to abstract a word to anything but its base definition.
The same goes for nigger. A liberal on /pol/ would be disgusted by the use of the word. However, there are 2 uses of the word nigger on /pol/; one is a racial slur against blacks, the second is a type of behavior.
So the word retard in the way Ann Coulter used it was for Obama, not people that are mentally handicapped. Her insult is abstracted to mean "very stupid" in the context she used the word, therefore it was NOT offensive.
right? he admits that he is in fact a pentium 1 processor but the R-Word can't be used to call people stupid?
so in that sense is it okay to call the him a retard as a label??
next thing I know, I can't call my friends assholes
What do you think, Einstein?
[Mental] retardation is a clinical term. Nothing wrong with using it.
>literally everything is offensive to someone
People using the word 'literally' everywhere offends me.
Im not gonna call a retard a retard to their face. That'd be fucked up.
Assuming we're talking about Downs Syndrome. Man, those cats are fucking bro-tier. Literally just want to go to wrestling events, be happy, and give high fives.
>inb4 2216 chancellor hilary swag clinton timeline dystopian story
I have an old man like 80ish around my area, always going around with his Robert Downsey Jr and I feel it's the worst thing that could happen to anyone
so snail-pace learners are now "special"er than normies
It's the result of giving people awards and teaching them that the world must suck everybody's dicks till we're all super happy for everything instead of beating the bad shit out of them isn't it
That letter was not written by a downy.
Source: I live with a downy
He probably tried to convey his thoughts with grunts and spastic arm flailing and someone interpreted his gestures into that letter.
Retard is a real world, that applies to real world scenarios.
>delay or hold back in terms of progress or development.
If you think, that people with bad motor skills or/and slowed down cognitive process are not retarded, then you are just wrong.
Why would you do that? Is that guy retarded?
Why is he so cuckolded that he takes the word 'retard' personally when it wasn't even used at him?
If Ann said Obama has a small dick, would you write a letter saying that it's offensive because you've struggled with bullies dick shaming you growing up?
No, because you would be telling everyone that you've got a small dick.
And this guy it telling everyone that he is retarded.
but muh fee fees
but what about the ones that are in the special olympics? have they upgraded their skill tree to no longer need a wrangler to do anything?
I wouldn't call obama retarded, but he certainly is a coward. In 2007, he was going on and on about how the constitution still worked and how the US didn't need to spy on americans, blah blah blah. The word retard definitely has its place when describing people though. I see many people post on /po/ that are definitely retarded.
THIS IS YOUR REMINDER:
The Special Olympics were founded by the Kennedy family after they lobotomized a 'slow' daughter because they were embarrassed for her. Hers was one of the last lobotomies performed in the US.
>I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.
Sorry bro, that's the actual definition of retarded.
You're making leaps and bounds to overcome your disability, but the facts remain. It's no different from calling a man a man or a floating pair of teeth a nigger.
There's being politically correct and being down right rude. For instance I would never insult someone for being retarded / mentally handicapped / what ever. It's none of my business. If I saw someone openly harassing someone that's retarded, I'd get involved to BTFO the perpetrator.
Also, if I caught someone making fun of my sister for being raped I'd probably BTFO till they were unconscious.
However, if I heard someone say "lol get raped noob" while my sister is in the room and the person is playing counter strike, then I won't care because I know that in the context that he used the word, it wasn't about forced sex.
She wasn't belittling the differently abled. She was stating the fact that Obama is literally mentally retarded.
That was so spectacularly non sequitor, I think you might be a meme bot.
I feel terrible for anyone born with a disease like that. But we need to stop letting them grow up. In the wild if a newborn comes out with a disfigurement, they are left to die right there. It's cruel but they are largely unaware. What's even more cruel is letting some of these people grow up and have to deal with this shit on a daily basis for the rest of their lives.
>i'm not dumb I just process information slowly
So when are we going to have our first downie president?
From what I have seen they learn only things they want to learn, trying to force them to learn something is a near impossible task. The one I live with can operate an iPad and a DVD player all day, but can't spell even 3 letter words or count to 10.
I guess if you could get them interested in all the daily tasks a person needs to do to live a proper life, including the ones that need to be done but you hate doing them like dishes, laundry, house cleaning, and put in 10s of thousands of hours to teach them, they wouldn't need a wrangler.
Admit it, there are definitely lines that if crossed in your presence you would BTFO the nigger that said it. Otherwise you're a cuck that doesn't stand up for what you deem important.
>Being literally mentally retarded doesn't make you dumb
Well, I guess that it makes sense that an actual retard might say something so fucking stupid.
Not that he actually wrote this or anything
I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm fearing the future
What are you, black?
Humans do not leap to violence because of a secret word.
Also, traditionalists have to deal with deeply offensive and threatening things every day which we aren't allowed to talk about in public unless we want to be fired, for example people getting fired for bitterly clinging to freedom of speech.
Well then ya, the future looks shitty as people become more and more afraid to speak their minds.
Honestly, I hang around a lot of liberals but I find it a gigantic fucking shame that the convacuck meme is real. It's only when there are only right wing people around that they'll openly discuss something that a liberal would disagree with.
I mean COME ON, I don't care if it's me 1 on 1 with a liberal talking about about USA being #1 or 1 on 10. I'm not gonna just sit back and let you shit all over my country and think that your bullshit is true.
Fuck people who pick on retards. Think about how shitty life is as a fully functional person. Now imagine that it's about 100x worse, and your useless, and you know that everyone thinks your useless.
I don't think many people deserve special treatment, besides retarded people. Their condition is not their fault, but they suffer anyways.
Verbally BTFO is more appropriate to what I was referring to.
And yes, people that have those deeply "offensive" views are indeed punished for saying such things. Which I think is bullshit, but it honestly does depend on the situation.
What you say is a form of behavior and ALL behavior has a utilitarian origin. Saying certain things that go against the overall wants of a group gives listeners the implication of weakness. This undermines confidence, which undermines performance, which makes the cost of propagation / maintenance of your group more difficult.
For example, if you're the CEO of a company and suddenly you say, "Oh god my company is bad" do you think your company is going to perform as well? Do you think the board of directors wants to have you there?
There's a time and place to say things, my problem with the politically correct culture is that it attempts to make offensive things, ALWAYS offensive. On /pol/ for instance, saying nigger usually isn't offensive because believe it or not, it's usually referring to black people.
my aunt is retarded. i say retard all the time, why the fuck should i care? all these spread the word to end the word types who have never met a single disabled person yet preach up and down the pews about these words make me sick you know what? its a pain in the ass to deal with a retard. cold perhaps, but true. i love my aunt but she is a burden to our family to the highest degree.
Censoring your use of speech in any way is subconsciously letting the libtards control you. You are a man in control of your emotions, it's not our fault they can't control theirs. Who are the ones trying to control others here?
Ugly old ass tranny slut looks like fucking Voldemort himself, whew.
Depression in men can also be linked to low test. Obviously intelligent people have complicated thoughts which disrupt their emotions. There are many smart people here who cannot function in society due to this.
He knows the pain of being forced out by the merchant
> dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you
please tell me this isn't real
Holy shit, I always liked Jontron but I didn't know he was so based.