By Lisa Ackerman
Sadly, I thought the topic above would be a “one time” blog (1.) Occasionally, someone in the public eye says something that can deeply offend others.
Using the word “retard” happened again in a song. Rappers J. Cole and Drake released a new song, so here we go again with the words “autistic” and “retard” appearing again in a not so positive light.
My understanding is that Rapper J. Cole has issued an apology (2.) That’s a start. I hear Drake has also issued an apology of his own, promising to remove the lyrics from the original song. That is great news! That means our community can drive positive change!
What’s the lesson? Families and individuals with autism need kindness and acceptance.
If you live without autism, there by the grace of God you go. Your family dodged the 1 in 88 or 1 in 50 statistic. I am so grateful for the smallest things in life. I’ve learned so much by getting to know individuals with special needs. They are my heroes.
Please, don’t pity autism. Don’t hate. Don’t belittle. Sometimes a little respect and understanding can go a long way. Don’t annoy a community of almost 2 million tired and frustrated families struggling for everything you take for granted. We will fight back.
I want to thank these artists for having the right response to an important issue. But at the same time, I really hope others follow suit and don’t use these words that hurt. In the future, it would be great NOT TO SEE a part four to this blog.