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Dear Ann Coulter of the Day: After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a retard in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter: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 by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.
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.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet, John Franklin Stephens Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia
Something about watching the sun rise. Like having a moment with god. Like he’s saying “my gift to you is this day.” there’s so much to do in it. So today Im gonna rejoice. nothing is promised but his love. #God #goodmorning #blessed
Took my mom out for an early birthday dinner. Ill very on tour for her real one. #happybirthdaymom #flowers (Taken with Instagram)
I want to sing this SO bad.
Im in a Billy Joel phase and i think it’s going to last forever.
Im going to fill every day with something special.
Wether i write a story or a book
sing a song or a praise
hug a friend or save a life.
My days my life my time is to precious.
Last night someone asked me what my favorite movie was and while questions like these always kind of throw you into a thinking frenzy and you start to analyze youself as a person and dont want to say anything corny; i found myself really thinking way to hard on what that was.
So today, im gonna take the chance to write out some of my favorite things. Just get to know myself again, figure out my goals. I challenge you to do the same. See what you find and they ways you’ve changed, or the ways you’ve stayed true. :) Both are good!
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