Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tim Shriver explains why the "R-word" is wrong

Shriver prefers the term "person with intellectual disabilities." This prompted Colbert, playing his obnoxious pundit character, to wonder why Shriver is trying to take away his right to say the word "retarded." Colbert admits he uses it to dehumanize those who are different from him.

But soon afterward, Shriver got serious: "You're allowed to be humiliating, degrading and hurtful. I'm allowed to petition you to at least recognize what you say and be aware of the option you have to stop."

He went on to raise people's understanding of social awareness.

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