Certain people do not think about what they say, others think long and hard. Well done John Franklin Stephens for speaking out.
Ann Coulter is a lawyer and a social and political commentator. She left a tweet that is impossible to repeat. You can find the tweet here.
John Franklin Stephens wrote a response which just shows the power, wisdom and beauty of the written word. Regretfully not everyone possesses this gift.
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
Special Olympics Virginia
The original letter was posted on The World of Special Olympics website.
Our Nesbitt Centre Art Project is still touring Hong Kong.
We opened it last year at Li Hall, St John's Cathedral (have a look here) . Then it went to the Science Park. Now it will be shown at the British Council from 31 July until 20 August 2012 (9.00am-8.00pm).
The exhibition opening will be next Monday 30 July 2012, from 7.00-8.30pm. If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +852 2813 4550.
The Our Sai Ying Pun exhibition - what a success!
The Our Sai Ying Pun exhibition has closed its doors now and what a success it has been. The opening was a night packed with people and the Nesbitt Centre students as hosts of the evening were the shining stars.
Sharon Kwok as our special guest gave the evening that extra sparkle and the Christie's auction was so exciting, we all were in the spell of Jonathan Stone. In total we raised an amazing $35,700! Thank you to all the buyers, we hope you have a piece of artwork you will cherish. Thank you also to the people who unexpectedly donated some more money. Your generousity has made a lot of difference.
The money raised will be donated to 4 different charities: Growing Together, Home of Loving Faithfulness, IDEAL and Sailability. The Nesbitt Centre students are particularly pleased that they have raised so much money for other charities and no doubt this money will contribute to many good causes.
If you want to see more pictures of this amazing evening, please click here.
If you would like to do the same project in your area, please contact us.
For over a year, we have been working on an exciting art project and now we are ready to show it to the word. The exhibition opens on Thursday 20 October at 7.00pm and we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Stone from Christie's international auction house will be auctioning off 12 of the works fromt 8.30pm onwards. Everyone is welcome but please RSVP to avoid disappointment (email@example.com).
For a sneak preview, visit our website https://sites.google.com/site/artprojectoursyp/home
Hope to see you there! Liz
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb