Kennicott owes community an apology
Matt Kennicott’s reported audio remark disparaging the late Speak of the House Ben Luján and Spanish-speaking individuals is also offensive to people with disabilities. The use of the “R” word — retard — is deeply hurtful to people with intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities such as developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism. The U.S. government has recently totally eliminated the term “mental retardation” (the derivative of retard) from all federal laws that protect and provide services and rights to this constituency.
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