Ann Coulter Recklessly Uses “r-word” in Reference to Obama

Have you ever heard of Ann Coulter? Well, I hadn’t until today, and now I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. She has written eight New York Times best selling novels, she is a legal correspondent for Human Events and among other things she writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate.

But amidst all of these things Ann Coulter also happens to be quite ignorant, at least in my opinion.

She is an avid Romney supporter and uses her twitter account to support him while she trash talks Obama.

In this tweet Coulter has decided to refer to Obama as “the retard.”

Then yet again she decides to use the word in reference to an entire room of people.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year old Special Olympics athlete with Down Syndrome, wrote a letter to Coulter explaining why she shouldn’t be using the word “retard” in reference to anyone.

Coulter then said in an article in the Huffington Post that she was not referring to someone with an “actual mental handicap” and also “screw them” to critics of her tweet.

She even tweeted the story about how she did this:

This is a prime example of how this word gets misused, and the most disheartening part of the story is that as of November 5, 2012, Coulter has 286,263 followers on her Twitter account. All of these people are reading her tweets and then reading how she has no remorse for the people she is potentially hurting.

Although this is a sad story, let’s look at the bright side and at how John Franklin Stephens is an amazing and brave man who is not afraid to stand up for those who Coulter may have affected with her careless words.

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Celebrities Taking a Stand for their Special Kids

When you’re a celebrity your kids can be named after fruits, you can hang them off of balconies, and you can buy them one outfit that cost enough money to pay for a year of my tuition.

But sometimes when you’re a celebrity you can use your status to take a stand for your child and for others.

After Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete, a former NFL player found out that their son was diagnosed with autism they formed a foundation called HollyRod, in which they provide support to kids and their families.

Comedy actress Sally Phillips spoke about her son, Ollie, in an interview with the Daily Mail. Ollie was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Phillips calls him “a blessing” and explains that she loves her son no differently.

Model and actress Brooklyn Decker told the New York Daily News that she and tennis-star husband Andy Roddick want to adopt a child with an intellectual disability. The article explains that the actresses’ aunt was a Special Olympics athlete and is her inspiration.

These people that I mentioned are just some of those with a celebrity status that have used it to support people with special needs.

But being a celebrity isn’t a requirement to show support or to speak out or even to adopt a special needs child. You just have to have a big heart and a little patience would never hurt.

So before we start judging those ridiculous celebs let’s tip our hats to these ones and let them be our inspirations.

Special Olympics Golf Outing

All of these photos were taken during the Special Olympics Golf Skills class that happens every Tuesday in Chandler, Arizona at Bear Creek Golf Course. The participants range from teens to adults, but everyone has a great time learning to golf. They started out the day on a sand trap practicing chipping the ball over the trap. Next, the group went on to the driving range and they ended the day with a putting challenge.

 

Editor’s Note: To read more about this refer to my last blog post!

Tiger Woods ain’t got nothing on these kids

Tuesdays in late September are still in the high 90’s in Arizona, and Arizonians will still golf. But if you happened to be at Bear Creek Golf Course in Chandler, Arizona, on this specific Tuesday you would have seen a group of people on the course that were having more fun than everyone else.

The ages spread from teens to twenties, but they all helped each other and definitely were not afraid to speak their minds. They spent the late afternoon going from the sand trap to the driving range to the putting green.

These people meet everyday Tuesday for a few months for Special Olympics Golf Skills through the City of Chandler and Special Olympics. Many of the kids in involved in this have Autism, and some have Down Syndrome or another type of special need.

Any time you get a group of kids together some will lose focus and their attention span will become shorter and shorter, so naturally this happened at different times throughout the hour and a half. But there was something that sometimes doesn’t happen with kids, they all were there for each other to lend a hand or to give encouragement.

Evan (left) gets encouraging words from Maddie (right) when he gives up.

While the kids are having fun golfing they are learning as well. Their coordination is improving and they get to have time to be social with their friends.

Editor’s Note: Special Olympics has groups all over the United States and anyone can volunteer even if you have never worked with people with special needs before!