clearlycolorful After #AnnCoulter referred to President Obama as a “#retard” in a tweet during Monday night’s #presidentialDebate, #SpecialOlympics #athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:
Dear Ann Coulter, Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night. I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have. Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next. Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift. Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more. After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV. I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash. Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much. Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

A friend you haven’t made yet,
#JohnFranklinStephens
Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia
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  •   clearlycolorful I do not condone any kind of hatred or judgment, but if you support Donald Trump and all his racist agendas then I fail to not judge you! But it's not too late; you, too, can change from your racist ways. And I hope to GOD that you do! 3d
  •   orchidzen John Franklin, you are awesome 3d
  •   bequietclaireese Woah. John Franklin's letter could really be applied to any number of mental/intellectual/emotional/mood/behavioral disorders; I appreciate his words. 3d
  •   clearlycolorful @bequietclaireese I felt the same way as I was reading it. Hopefully Coulter would feel the same way or something, at least. 3d
  •   republican_patriot USA 17h
  •   clearlycolorful @republican_patriot Yes! "UNITED states of America". 7h

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clearlycolorful First day at my very first own cube 😇 3d

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clearlycolorful I have always wondered if trees have, what we call, #consciousness or #awareness. You read and see things from books and documentaries. But seeing this little fella helped me reach a brand new perspective on this. #Life is an amazing thing! 5d

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clearlycolorful My first #StarTrail shot... Can't wait to make a lot more of these 6d

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clearlycolorful I vacate a shall called Rockey. His ghost is my friend... 2w

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clearlycolorful We are all individual super-fusions of countless atoms, each with unique properties creating an extraordinarily unique map. To call us all different is an understatement if there was ever one; we all could very well inhabit different versions of realities (and that would make sense). Yet we are all one because you can read this text, posted by another manifestation, from another reality, perhaps another dimension, in existence parallel to yours, existing simultaneously. How awesome is that!
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clearlycolorful Good Morning 🌝 3w

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clearlycolorful Tap the bio for the extended clip; #timelapse_rockey 3w

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clearlycolorful Home sweet home, now to plan my next trip 😎 3w

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clearlycolorful @justinehenley you should be here.... 3w

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