06/08/2011 | Moi
My cousin’s name is Junior but I call him Moi, and he has Down Syndrome. Everyday he manages to keep a smile on my face. He’s the only one that can keep me up lifted and sane from the craziness of school, work, and drama. Moi is very important to me, it’s not because he has this mental condition it’s because he understands how I feel and manages to comfort me in rough times, when it’s suppose to be other way around.
One day I took Moi to the grocery store because we both wanted to make ice cream sundaes. He was so energetic and absolutely excited to go out. While we were on the bus he was explaining to me in the most happiest tone how to make a sundae and what ingredients he would prefer in his. When we arrived we started hunting down our ingredients and checking down what we already have. Sprinkles, check! Chocolate and strawberry syrup, check! Vanilla ice cream, check! The only ingredients that were left unchecked on the list was bananas and cherries. While we continued our search for the remaining ingredients, a couple of young teenagers caught a glimpse Moi and started to smirk and mock him. One of three then called him a retard. At this point I was ready to bash these fuckers down to the ground, but I thought of how Moi was feeling so I quickly took him out of the situation. Before I could even take him out of that disgusting environment, he had already noticed the 3 idiots imitating the way he looked and walked. After I told them to fuck off, I took Moi’s hand and the grocery basket in the other and proceeded to the check counter. I felt for Moi, it wasn’t the first time people made fun of him. After we bagged the groceries we headed to the bus stop and got on the bus. It was a quiet bus ride home.
When we got home I tried to cheer him up,
“Hey lets get this sundae party started!”
He replied under a sigh,
“Maybe later, I’m going to rest a bit” and slowly walked to his bedroom.
You wouldn’t believe how deeply hurt I was to see him like this, because it wasn’t the first time. I followed him to his room.
“Hey what’s wrong buddy?”
“Oh nothing AJ, I’m alright just a little tired”
Obviously it was because of the three guys making fun of him.
“Moi don’t let those guys get to you. Who cares what they think, you’re way more special and unique than other kids, they’re just jealous! It’s just that some people don’t really understand how special you are, and unfortunately people get scared and angry when they don’t understand something special or unique”.
“Well that’s dumb”, he replied.
I laughed, “I know right? I think so too. I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t give in to their ignorance. Just give people some time to understand your specialness. Okay?”
Without a word he looked up at me with a bright smile on his face and gave a sincere hug of understanding. But that’s the thing. I think people should be more wary of their actions and be THEMSELVES understanding of people like Moi and never use the R-word. Yes I’ll admit that I used the R-word before, but after this incident never again will I use it. I can’t imagine how Moi felt when he heard that disgusting slur. My heart sank and I felt deeply disheartened when I saw the look on his face. Be tolerant of other people and stand up for those who are in need of help.
“It’s not acceptable to call me a retard or call yourself or your friends retarded when they do something foolish… The ‘R’ word is the same as every minority slur. Treat it that way and don’t use it” - Jane Lynch and Lauren Potter, Glee Stars