By Mami Raquel
I have been pondering ways to broach this subject for weeks now. It’s a topic that should be discussed for several reasons, most importantly so that awareness is created on how offensive this one word can be to someone. What brought me to finally discuss it? When I heard a 10-year-old call his brother retarded when he mentioned he forgot how to tie his shoes. My initial reaction to the comment was shock and disbelief that such a young boy would be using such a strong word, especially towards his brother. I immediately jumped and pulled the 10-year-old boy to the side and asked him what he meant by that and his response is what drives me to write this post today.