Friday, September 5, 2008

Am I the only one?

Am I the only one who is weary of reading and hearing " Down's baby", "Down Syndrome child", "Down Syndrome baby" and such? I know it rolls off of the tongue easily, but that doesn't make it right. Or am I just too sensitive? It takes a little more effort to say child with Down Syndrome. It takes a little less to simply say baby Trig!

If baby Trig Palin had leukemia, God forbid, would the media refer to him as a "cancer baby?" I guess we are used to putting people into little boxes right off the bat. Then we don't have to deal with them or get to know them any better. That is what happens when we define others by their diagnosis.

Am I turning into a Political Correctness cop? Eeegads! I see PC language as lying to avoid the possibility of offense...like changing Baa Baa Black Sheep to Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep. Redic! I just would like to hear an acknowledgement of humanity before I hear the slapping of a label. It's called people first language and it makes a lot of sense if you actually think before you speak.

(Just so you know, my husband thinks I'm just too sensitive.)

2 comments:

datri said...

It drives me nuts, too, especially on major news outlets like CNN. Actually, CNN drove me nuts when the story first broke, saying things like "afflicted" and "unfortunate" and "special needs kids are so much work" (hello! ALL kids are so much work!)

Nicole said...

No, you're not the only one. :) And looks to me like he's a really easy baby, imagine that...not like the media would like us to believe! HUGS