If you’re going to use an R-word, it should be “respect.”
That’s the message one 28-year-old is trying to get across with a video he’s created to emphasize the importance of ending the use of the R-word.
People are sharing Ryan Herrington’s video in support:
Herrington lives in New Jersey and wanted his message to be heard from 2,000 miles away.
"Just be advocates and be proud of yourselves,” he told 9NEWS. “Put your foot down and take a stand.”
Today marks the 10th annual Spread the Word to End the Word day. Across the world, people are pledging to stop using the R-word.
The campaign is supported by Special Olympics and Best Buddies along with more than 200 other organizations worldwide. According to this website, it’s a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.
The website states:
“The R-word is ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.”
That's why Herrington said the new R-word should be "respect."
"Respect to your teachers, respect to your friends, respect to your best friends and respect all the time," Herrington said in his video.
You can learn more about the campaign and take the pledge here.