Bullying has recently become a big focus of attention in our country. We all are probably aware of a time when hate speech—hurtful words based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, age, ethnicity, and disability—has been aimed either at us or at someone we care about.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are no different. Neither are their friends and family. This is our way of giving a voice to an important issue: eliminating the use of hate speech.
We’d like to ask support, and the support of your readers, in the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council’s “Shred the Hate” campaign to help eliminate hateful speech.
The “R-word” or “retard” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by most, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family and friends.
Help us to eliminate the use of the “R” word and other hateful speech in Michigan by taking the pledge to Shred the Hate. The electronic pledge can be taken at www.michigan.gov/mddc or sign our sheet at the Hope Community Center at 431 Baker Street, Adrian, MI 49221. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Help drive much needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community.
For additional information on the Shred the Hate Campaign, please contact Mitzi Allen at 517/334-7240 or send an e-mail to Scott A. Marvin at email@example.com.
– Scott A. Marvin