Can One Girl Change the World?

I actually think the answer to that question is probably no. But can one girl get the ball rolling? Absolutely.

Last week I blogged about my local radio station and their use of the word “retarded” as an insult. I shared my disappointment in the station’s response to criticism. I wasn’t just disappointed, though. I was angry too.

I was so angry that I shared that blog post everywhere I could and even emailed some friends about it.

In a few other instances, I have talked about this issue and every single time I have, I’ve gotten a lot of negative feedback. Some good, but still plenty of people complaining about their right to freedom of speech–people completely missing the point that freedom of speech isn’t the same as freedom from criticism. People who don’t get how hurtful that word can be.

I expected this to be the same, but this time it wasn’t. People shared the post. And shared it again. People started clicking that “like” button and before I knew it, over 150 people had liked that post.

People emailed corporate headquarters too. So many people emailed that the programming director for the station sent me an email asking me to call him.

Me. Housewife, mom of four, nobody of any importance.

The program director apologized profusely over the phone. He said, “I’m embarrassed.” The best part, though? He’d like to put together some PSAs to address the r-word.

Can you believe it?

It never would have happened without all the amazing people who stop by and read this blog. People who care enough to tweet, and share, and like until they make a difference.

Can one girl change the world? Nope. But the amazing people who read this blog? They can.

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  1. You are important. You have accepted the role of raising children who are not necessarily typical but still so amazing. You have chosen to share that experience with the world, which is extremely brave. Don’t ever forget that.

    If it weren’t for you, that station would have continued to think it was acceptable to use the r-word. As a sibling of someone with a mild developmental disability and a young adult with passion for working with young children, especially those in special education, I thank you for speaking up. I spent 4 summers working at a summer camp that had a mainstreaming program. We all had buttons that said “Erase the R-Word”. I keep one in my car and another on my jacket. It leads to so many productive conversations. If we all continue to take things one step at a time, we can all change the world.

  2. I think people need to realize that just because you CAN say something doesn’t mean you SHOULD. It’s not about ‘freedom of speech’- it’s about compassion and thoughtful communication. I’m glad that you were able to make an impact!!!

  3. one girl (YOU) can and HAS made a difference in so many ways and in so many lives.

  4. Love it! One girl CAN and DOES make a difference because she gets the word out about such things and then others can run with it. So glad that good things are coming out of a horrible situation.

  5. Wow! That’s incredible!! Just goes to show that if you are passionate enough, you CAN make a difference. Beautiful job in standing for what is right and what you believe in!

  6. I am just so happy to read that is going the way it should and that they are doing something about it. And YOU are the one who spoke out, so you ARE making change happen, my friend. xoxo

  7. Good for you Katy. Now I’m all caught up with what is going on.

  8. Awesome!