Letter: Use of the word ‘midget’ is considered derogatory
August 08, 2014, 05:00 AM Letter
As a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Little People of America, I find your use of the M-word to be totally unacceptable. We in Little People of America have advocated for many years to remove the use of this term in the media and in our local communities. In fact, in 1999, the New York Times removed the word from their style manual.
I kindly request that you use appropriate terms when referring to people of short stature in any future feature and that the Daily Journal take responsibility for doing a better job of assuring that such offensive terminology is never used again in its publications.
In addition, you may want to educate your readers regarding how the M-word is not an acceptable term to use when referring to people of short stature, so that they may learn something from your mistake.
Craig M. McCulloh
South San Francisco
The letter writer is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Little People of America.