Is This What A 'Retard' Looks Like To You?

October 27, 2016

How many of us have been in a conversation with someone and he or she casually says "retard" in a derogatory way? This mom didn't want to share a recent story that made her upset, but decided that if it could enlighten even just one person, that it would be worth it.

Written by Shannon Morgan Daughtry

"So, I just can't shake this sad feeling I have had since my husband told me this story today. I wasn't going to share it, but then decided that if it could enlighten one person, that it would be worth it. My husband, Dustin, was at work yesterday, sitting at a big lunch table of about 15 people. These are all guys that he waves hello to but doesn't really know on a personal level.

Anyway, one of the guys starts telling the whole group a story about a Halloween party that he attended this past weekend. The guy says 'OMG, my brother came to the party and had the best costume. He went as a RETARD! Oh man, it was hilarious!!! He was awesome. He looked like such a good retard!' My husband was totally taken aback and just sat there pretty stunned for a moment while he gathered his thoughts. Meanwhile some of the guys were laughing at the story, while some were just listening. So Dustin, almost giving the impression that he was going along with it said, with a small smile, 'Well, wait, what does a retard look like?' The guy just said 'I don't know, but he was good! He was the perfect retard.'

So a couple seconds go by while Dustin took out his phone and pulled up this picture of our daughter and then pushed his phone to the center of the table.

is saying retard offensive
Raegan / via Shannon Morgan Daughtry

He said 'This is my little girl, Raegan' and all the guys, including the storyteller, lean in to look and they all start saying 'Awww, she's adorable!' 'Wow, Cute kid, man' etc...

Dustin then looked at the storyteller and said 'Thanks, she is amazing. She has Down Syndrome. So, I'm sure you can imagine that I don't appreciate this costume conversation. I'm just wondering, Is she what a retard looks like, to you?' Of course, mouths dropped and there was total silence while the guy tried to say that wasn't what he meant, on and on.... Dustin just went on to explain why that word is so hurtful, shouldn't be used, and especially how insulting it was to use it as a joke and a costume.

Yeah, I'm sure it was pretty uncomfortable for everyone involved. But I think that those people at the lunch table probably went home with a little better understanding of why that word is so offensive and hurtful, especially to a family like ours. And I think one guy in particular probably went home feeling like a total jerk. At least some good came out of it, but it still makes me feel so sad that some people look at our kids as a joke.

I've said it a thousand times. There are so many words in the dictionary that you can use in place of the "R" word. Please, for Raegan's sake, consider using a different one."

Credit: Shannon Morgan Daughtry

Like us on Facebook!

Click Here For The Most Popular On Sunny Skyz

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good storiesWendy's Got Into A Hilarious Sign Battle With Pure Water

feel good storiesThis Hairy Chest Women's Swimsuit Is Selling Like Crazy

feel good stories25 Funny Married Life Memes

feel good stories15 Cat Pictures Guaranteed To Make Your Day

feel good storiesMarine Veteran With PTSD Wants To Commit Suicide. After Reading This, He Decides To Keep Fighting

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good videoDisabled Former Marine Sees His Grandson In Uniform For The First Time

feel good videoThis Gorilla Dancing In A Bathtub To 'Maniac' Is The Best Thing You'll See Today

feel good videoDad Tries To Eat Surstromming - The Stinkiest Food In The World. This Is Hilarious!

feel good videoBaby Elephant Gets Frightened By Goat, Screams And Runs For Its Life

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!