The word retard(ed) hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends. Most don't think of it as hate speech, but that's exactly what it feels like. Goodwill Industries in Omaha will join the national effort to help promote the new R-word, respect, by asking its employees and patrons to sign a pledge Wednesday to eliminate hateful speech from their vocabulary.
The national "Spread the Word to End the Word" event is sponsored by Special Olympics and Best Buddies organizations.
Students from Omaha Goodwill's Work Experience program will ask customers to make a pledge to "end the word." Pledge cards, donated by Special Olympics Nebraska, will be on display in the following at Goodwill facilities in Omaha, Bellevue, Blair, Council Bluffs and Fremont.
Visit www.r-word.org for more information.