autism · Down syndrome

Hey Palin, Where Ya At?

You know what? I wrote my Open Letter To Ann Coulter in a fit of rage. I knew that this blog isn’t ever going to be on her radar- that she’d never read it. And if by some chance she did, she’s laugh at it. She’s a horrible human being. I wrote it for me than anything else. I’m already bored of being angry, so I’m hoping that someone else will be, for me.

I  wish that there was some way to get to her. I wish there was…you know…someone who worked AT Fox News who could…I don’t know…maybe tell Fox News that this sort of hate speech is not acceptable and that that woman should never be put on TV again. Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone who had a child with Down syndrome- someone who’s gone after other people for using the R-Word?

Hey Palin, Where Ya At?

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Sarah Palin went all sorts of crazy when Rahm Emanuel used the word- why wouldn’t she now?! Hate speech is hate speech no matter who says it, right?

Well, apparantly not. I highly doubt that Palin will step up and say something to Fox or Ann Coulter about this. Why so hopeless? Because when Rush Limbaugh used the term, she said, “They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh,” she said, when read a quote of Limbaugh calling liberal groups “retards.” “Rush Limbaugh was using satire … . I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there.”

I feel like if she’s not going to say something to Rush, she won’t say anything to Coulter. And if she, a woman who has a child with Down syndrome herself, a very colleague of Coulter’s at the very same network, won’t stand up and make her voice heard, I don’t know how we can feel like we have a pittbull in this fight. People will continue to watch Coulter on Fox News,  and many, many, will ascribe to the things she says and the way she says them. And we’ll all take one collective step back in the fight for our children, our siblings and our friends with disabilities.

So what am I asking? I’m asking for Palin to do what is right here. To prove me wrong. To be the pittbull type she says she is and proclaim loudly that this is not okay- from EITHER party. Words like this need to be erased from the vernacular, and for those who still choose to exerecise their right to free speech in this way, there are consequences.

She said the difference between a hockey mom and a pittbull was lipstick. I wonder what she thinks the difference between a Special Needs Mom and a pittbull is?
If you’ve written a post to Ann Coulter, make sure you use #whoyouhurt when you share the link on twitter. Also, link up your post at Yeah…Good Times.

17 thoughts on “Hey Palin, Where Ya At?

  1. We cannot ignore this. If we ignored the N word or the F word, would those have just faded into obscurity? Doubtful. If we don't stand up for what is right, and against what is wrong, we as adults, as citizens, have failed our children and humanity.

  2. Okay, I would just like to say this and it is not easy for me, but I would like to show you the inside of this type ignorant person because I used to be one of them. I grew up in RI saying the R word, ALL the time. I used it to replace any normal adjective, it was my go to, to get my point across, " you are being so retarded", "these jeans make my ass look so retardedly big", you get the idea… I never knew I was hurting people, we were all saying it as kids, no teacher or parent ever called us on it, half of them used the word also. I never would have used it directly towards a person with disabilities, so I thought it was okay, I DIDN'T get it. As I got older I started hearing some back lash about the word, but I took the side of the "freedom of speech, stop being so sensitive, it's not directed at you or your child so get over it" person, not that I ever said that to anyone, it was just my thoughts, I DIDN'T get it. Then a few years ago I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, she has Tuberous Sclerosis, epilepsy and autism. Your probably thinking I got the picture right? NOPE, sadly I still didn't. I've used that word *cringe* thousands of times, it had no effect on me. I felt like a better person then you because "I'm so much more open minded then you". I DIDN'T get it. Then 2 years ago I was at a parent teacher meeting and when we were done talking about my daughter we were just chit chatting and I told her about something I wanted for Molly but it was " so retardedly expensive". I said this to a special education teacher, and in that moment I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. Why would I feel like that if I didn't know it was wrong? IGNORANCE. This year when you all wrote your blogs about ending the word, I finally GOT it. I am deeply embarrassed and ashamed of how selfish and ignorant I have been and I am sorry. Though your blog messages might not get up to people like Ann, they do get to people like me. I am a better person because of you. My children will also be better people. No one is perfect but I have learned to own my words, because they are so powerful and for that I THANK YOU! The only way to stop people like Ann is to flood her and her workplace with these messages. She needs to learn to own her words as I have and admit they were wrong.

  3. Excellent post, excellent comment, Kim. I've always been sensitive to the use of such words. It's good to know about your journey to enlightenment. I really hope the attention to Ann Coulter's inappropriate comments becomes transformational in educating millions.

  4. I have never heard a convincing reason to like Palin. For reals. And I don't think it's stupid to want someone who is within our ranks but has a much larger platform to speak out against something SHE KNOWS is so hurtful. But you like her, so she doesn't need to stand up for what is right?

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