At the bottom of this post is an email my daughter has received many times over the weekend. She initially replied to it, and now I've started to. It disappoints me that so many preteens (and even adults) think that this is okay, that using the word "retarded" as a slur is acceptable. I have a hard time believing how wildly popular this email is compared to all the other junk they forward each other.
As my husband says, we have an uphill battle against the use of the term in such a way. My daughter's response:
"please don't use the word retard or retarded or forward this to other people. It's just as bad as racist terms. I have a great-uncle who is developmentally disabled and he's a great person! Thanks!"
So far we've only received one "yes ma'am" back (goodness) and one "you can't control me." Others have apparently not read what she wrote and forwarded it again anyway.
This is funny!
This is interesting to see if u can remember if u did this
Lets find out how retarded u r.
1st read mine then press forward and erase my answers and put an X between  if it is true. Wen ur done mark ur grade @ the top and reply to every1 u can (including the person who sent it 2 u)
>>>> 1. [x] You have choked on water before.
>>>> 2. [x] You have tripped into a pole
>>>> 3. [x] You have walked into a door.
>>>> 4.  You have pushed a door the wrong way
>> 5. [x] You have walked into a wall.
>>>> 6. [x] You have fallen going UP the stairs. >>
>> 7. [x] You have jumped off something.
>>>> 8.  You have been electrocuted
>> 9.  You have put metal/aluminum in the microwave.
>> 10. Right after a commercial comes on you have forgotten the show you were watching.
>> 11. You have forgotten something that someone said.
>>>> 12. [x] You barely ever understand stuff / jokes, or it takes a long time to figure them out.yea
>>>> 14.  You have bled and not even noticed it. >>
15.  You've worn something backwards / inside out the whole day without knowing.
>>>> 16.  you have stuck a fork / knife in a toaster before.
>> 17.  You have played with fire.
>>>> 18.  You've stepped on a flat iron / curling iron / straightener.
>>>> 19. [x] You didn't even notice there wasn't a number 13 in this quiz.
>> 20. [x] You just checked to see if there wasn't a number 13.
>>>> Now count how many x u have and find out the percent>>>> So how retarded are u??
>> 0% - 0/20 x's>> 5% - 1/20 x's>> 10% - 2/20 x's>> 15% - 3/20 x's>> 20% - 4/20 x's>> 25% - 5/20 x's>> 30% - 6/20 x's>> 35% - 7/20 x's>> 40% - 8/20 x's>> 45% - 9/20 x's>> 50% - 10/20 x's>> 55% - 11/20 x's>> 60% - 12/20 x's>> 65% - 13/20 x's>> 70% - 14/20 x's>> 75% - 15/20 x's>> 80% - 16/20 x's>> 85% - 17/20 x's >> 90% - 18/20 x's >> 95% - 19/20 x's>> 100% - 20/20 x's
>>>> write the percent u got and send this to all of your friends and send it to the person who sent it to u.>>