As of this writing, Coulter is still using “retarded” in the pejorative, which leads one to believe that she’s aware of this letter, and simply doesn’t care. “Free speech” is part of Ann Coulter’s brand, and she’ll by God use “retard” however she wants. I hate to even give her even a fragment of the attention she desperately craves, but this letter is astonishingly thoughtful, sensitive, and beautiful. You know — all the things Ann Coulter isn’t.
The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.
Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…
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