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Victory For Autism Campaigners! J Cole And Drake Issue Public Apology For Hurtful Lyrics And Agree To Remove Them

July 23, 2013

An email from one of the many who have campaigned for this, from Change.org.

NEVER underestimate the power of ONE voice and ONE vote! In a matter of days, nearly 4,000 people signed this petition, and thousands of other people who signed petitions just like it all over the Internet (THANK you, Bella of New York, Anna Kennedy online, the Anti- Bullying Alliance, Holly Robinson Peete, and so many others). J.Cole has issued a public apology! See one of the many articles about it here:
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2574459
Though this does not erase the sting of the hurtful, hateful words, at least it sets a precedent that it is NOT appropriate to spread hate speech. My friends far and wide, we have WON!!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I couldn’t have done this without you. I am so appreciative that so many people care about this; it gives me so much hope that my children will grow up in a society that is becoming increasingly more tolerant of those who are “different.” Because truly, who among us isn’t different in some way?

This is for you, Legacy. And Lukas. And Daniel. And role models like Temple and Carly. And for those anonymous adults and children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as well as the families, friends, and communities they are a part of…and everyone who is standing up for a caring, tolerant society.

And this is for you. Much love!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Blessings,
Morénike

UPDATE: THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Thanks to nearly 4,000 of you, as of July 22, 2013, both Drake and J.Cole have issued public apologies and have also stated that the offensive lyrics will be removed! Thank you, Drake and J. Cole, for standing up and doing the right thing! To do so does not erase what has been done, but it takes a tremendous amount of courage and sends a positive message about the impact that words can have and how one must be responsible and respectful of people regardless of their “differences.”
The apologies are available for viewing at the links below:

http://www.dreamvillain.net/autismspeaks/

http://octobersveryown.blogspot.com/2013/07/j.html

I’m thrilled, too. This is for you, Kevin Healey!

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