Generally, I avoid politics. I like debates and intense discussions, I like supporting my claims with evidence, but around elections facts seem to get skewed and evidence doesn’t always support claims. And, it seems like no matter what claims I make or evidence I use, it won’t do anything to change someone’s mind anyway. Therefore, I tend to avoid politics.
But, sometimes statements come along that cannot be ignored.
Do I really need to go into detail about how I feel about this? No. Do you all know me well enough? Yes. Good.
This statement is so unbelievably inappropriate I could not even form words after I saw it. (True story – I had to wait to post this blog until I had calmed down. It might also need to be said that I would have the same reaction if the R-word was directed towards Romney as well. Politics has no role in this debate. This is about people.)
John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete, knows that this is about people and not politics. In an eloquently worded open letter to Ann Coulter, he writes,
“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” (An Open Letter to Ann Coulter).
Take home message – calling someone the R-word reflects worse on you than it does on the person you are name-calling.