Choosing Words Carefully

So I’m not the best person to be pointing this out. Because, I know that I have a tendency to stick my foot in my mouth — often times saying inappropriately offensive things.

There’s even less of an excuse when I say stupidly offensive things on this blog — because I have more time to edit myself. Not only do I have to type it. I have to go over and press “publish” or “send” or “tweet” or whatever. It takes, at least, two different steps.

Which is why there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for what two very public women have said this past week. Both have been controversial in many ways, but both should know better than to write what they wrote. And then send it out for the entire world to see.

One – a political pundit called the President the “R” word on twitter.
The other — a politician and now a pundit — used the phrase “shuck and jive” describing the President. What’s worse, she is defending her use of “shuck and jive” saying that she would’ve used it describing anyone.

I have no idea why someone would, let alone, write those things. But to then send it out to the public? It’s not like they’re me — a regular ole Joe. But they’re public figures.
Were they trying to be funny in their own way?
Or were they purposefully trying to be controversial to have idiots like me talk about them?

They both described themselves as a Christian. One, noted as saying, “I’m a Christian first, and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don’t you ever forget it.” Was she joking when she wrote that? I don’t know. But, either way, the statement’s a bit of an oxymoron.

A Special Olympian wrote a response that was to the pundit’s use of the R-word.
And it’s a reminder to me to completely get rid of that word from my vocabulary — because I am probably one of the guiltiest persons out there who overused that word.

As for the shuck-and-jive comment. Maybe she really didn’t know the negative connotation that comes with that phrase.
But, C’mon. People called you out on it and let you know that it can be offensive. So don’t defend your use of it.


Either way… I can’t wait until the election season is over. Only a few more weeks.

In the mean time, for those of us who claim to belong to God — let us not forget about grace.

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