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.