If I gave you this link, please understand that it was motivated by affection and/or respect. I have this conversation over and over, and it takes a lot out of me, so I needed to create a less energy-intense way to communicate about it. If I didn't respect you and/or feel affection for you, I would not risk giving you this link. If I have already talked with you about it*, this is my low-energy way of reminding you (with bonus of allowing bystanders to also learn).
I give this link in response to people using slurs. You probably didn't realize that what you were saying was a slur, or maybe you didn't realize the harm. The most common mistakes I come across are use of the words stupid, lame, crazy, or insane. Usually I put asterisks in these to make it clear that I consider them slurs, but sometimes people can't tell what word I am referring to, so I'm writing them out here for clarity.
[a full list of the slurs which I may be referring to - TW slurs]
a full list of the slurs which I may be referring to:
dumb (if you mean the physical quality, the term is 'mute' or 'nonverbal'),
blind or deaf (when used to mean "not paying attention"),
jew or gyp (used to mean swindle/steal/cheat),
or other words/phrases that are intended as slang for these words such as "special."
Here I explain what is harmful about using these words.
Here I explain why it is still a problem to use slurs even when you are not aiming them at a person.
Here I explain how you are not missing out by avoiding these words: you are becoming a better communicator.
If you read all of this and you still want to feel free to use slurs, please let me know. That is a dealbreaker for me with friendship. I can totally understand it being difficult and I won't hold it against you at all if you make mistakes, but if you have no intention of removing slurs from your communication, you are not a safe person for me and I do not want to invest in you.
*I find it almost impossible to remind people in more direct ways because I empathize so hard with trying and making mistakes and how embarrassing that is. If I give you this link and you have already decided to try not to use slurs, please feel no need to apologize or engage about it, just take it as a reminder. I promise I don't need an apology; I understand that it is a process.