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To the Congressional Representative Who Used the R-Word

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“But we have retards… I’m sorry I know that’s an offensive term, and I’m not trying to talk down on people with Down syndrome, but that’s what these people are.” These words were uttered by sitting Congressional representative Marjorie Taylor Greene in a recently-discovered video discussing funds for former President Trump’s border wall.

Representative Greene, it’s too late. You’ve already talked down to me and the thousands of others in this country with learning differences.

I was born with cerebral palsy and know what it’s like to be cast aside and called names like the one you used. I’m fortunate enough to be able to pursue an education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and when I am finished I will have two college degrees to my name. The fact that an elected representative uses such an offensive term freely and without regard for the thoughts and feelings of others with disabilities and differences is shameful. It is past time you either apologize, resign, or open your eyes and see the countless contributions those with disabilities make to this country.

I want you to spend a day with someone with a disability or learning difference. I want you to see that they are children of God, deserving of love and appreciation. You represent constituents with disabilities in Georgia. They deserve a Congresswoman who doesn’t use such offensive language. You should be a role model to our children, yet your words only deepen the divide in this country and cause pain to millions.

I’m imploring you, Representative Greene.

Be better.

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Originally published: February 3, 2021
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