Re: FWD (DS) Re: The M [Mongoloid] word and idiot

From: J. Goard (
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 20:12:33 MDT

At 06:27 PM 6/30/00 -0700, Terry W. Colvin wrote:

>Last, and certainly least, we have many members of the disability
community itself who care little about what they're called. Many
individuals tell me "you can't take that stuff too seriously" or "what
difference does it make?" Sadly, perhaps in an attempt to show society that
they're not bitter, they sell us out.

Or maybe they know that they're "persons first", to such a degree that they
don't need your linguistic engineering to remind them. IMHO, "they" can
sell "you" out as much as they feel like. They are not defined by their
disabilities, and do not inherently owe any deference to your self-esteem
just because it happens to be less hardy then their own.

J. Goard
"the only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he
takes my measure anew each time he sees me, whilst
all the rest go on with their old measurements and
expect them to fit me."
                      --G. B. Shaw

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