From the Special Olympics Blog: “An Open Letter to Ann Coulter”
Here’s an article that’s been circulating around that was written by Special Olympics athlete John Franklin Stephens in response to Ann Coulter’s recent use of the word “retard” when referring to President Obama.
An Open Letter to Ann Coulter
“I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.”
“After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.”
“…being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.”
I think this was a wonderful way to respond to an act of emotional violence in a non-violent way.
Grace & Peace,
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW