An average day at the grocery store for Rhode Island mom, Michelle Martinka, turned into a moment of activism when she noticed that Cains Pickles, a popular New England brand, produced a line called “Kosher Dill Midgets.”
Martinka is the mother of ten-month-old Adelaide, a little girl with a form of dwarfism known as Achondroplasia—and “midget” is a derogatory way of referencing those born with the condition.
No, let's just stop right there. I doubt the usual use of the word "midget" was meant in a derogatory fashion.
However, if you've somehow decided you're a "victim" (and you're an idiot-lib) then it's only natural to try to find ways to "make a difference." And for the completely uninspired, the usual answer is to walk around harrumphing and pretending you changed something by changing a word
In her email to TakePart, Martinka explains, "Although many people do not know, the m-word is derogatory, not just some innocuous word meaning small, as it was 50 years ago." More here:
Hey, Martinka, did you know your name contains the word "tink?" Yes, and did you know the t-word is is derogatory? It turns out that many people do not know this. Shall you be changing your name? It's very hurtful to tinks.