Thank you, Ann Coulter.
I’m sure that over the course of the past few days, you have received few accolades for the comments you tweeted after the last presidential debate, and so today, as the proud parent of two intellectually disabled children, I would like to express my gratitude.
Your decision to tweet the “r-word” was bold and brazen, without regret or remorse, which has left me feeling enraged while at the same time thankful. Thankful, that because of your actions, a national conversation has been reignited about the importance of respect. Respect for a population of people that have been marginalized throughout their lives and for their loved ones that advocate for their acceptance and inclusion on a daily basis.
Thank you for self-appointing yourself as a spokesperson for a faction of our population that still practice prejudice and preach inequality.
Thank you for empowering self-advocates like John Franklin Stephens, who rise above your comments and inspire all of us to be better people.
And thank you for reminding me that while much has been done to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of the use of the “r-word”, there is still so much more we can do.