(Truth Revolt) Students at UCLA are uniting in solidarity over a new political correctness campaign: to ban the “R-word.”
The campaign, called “Spread the Word to End the Word,” asks students to pledge to eradicate the words “retard” and “retarded” from their vocabulary:
Students can pledge to remove the word “retarded” from their daily vocabulary at on-campus events this week as part of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign is part of a larger national movement to stop people from using the word “retard” or “retarded.” Using the word as a negative label can be offensive because it is associated with people who have developmental or learning disabilities.
The Undergraduate Students Association Council Community Service Commission, Special Olympics at UCLA and Best Buddies at UCLA collaborated to create activities to educate students about the “R-word” and its potentially hurtful uses. Events will take place on campus and the Hill Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Several student leaders are helping lead the effort:
UCLA has made headlines regarding offensive speech over the last year, particularly anti-Semitic rhetoric. As TruthRevolt and others have documented, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric has ramped up as of late on UCLA’s politically correct campus, earning it a spot in Jew Hatred On Campus’ list of the top ten most anti-Semitic campuses. A poster campaign inspired by David Horowitz recently sought to highlight the “Jew hatred” promoted by one particular student group, Students for Justice in Palestine.
—Courtesy of Truth Revolt