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Dare I Say the “R-word?”

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By John Pawlak

 

More and more news articles are addressing bullying in the workplace, including sports. Ritchie Incognito (whose true nature is anything but incognito) was recently accused of bullying a teammate, harassing him with racial slurs.

 Miami Dolphins (very) offensive lineman Incognito was suspended for using the N-word against Jonathan Martin. This isn’t the first time Ritchie has been noted for bullying others.

 Ritchie defended himself, saying “I’m not a racist and to judge me by that one word is wrong!”

 Really? Then I can call you an idiot and not be judged for saying that?

 How about three or four words? How about you’re a moronic xenophobic bigoted donkey’s behind?

 Is it reasonable to judge a person by “one word that is wrong?”

 Well, there can be a lot of power and hurt, in the use of a single word. I learned this a long time ago.

 One day, my father sat me down and shared a story with me. The story he told me was so powerful, it changed my life.


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