Saturday, June 18, 2022

When words become weapons

We all know that old adage: 
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, 
But names will never hurt me,” 
Yet research shows that’s not actually true. 
When we dehumanize those we call other— 
Describing them with derogatory names 
That convey contempt and disgust — 
We pave the way to our own inhumanity. 
It’s time to watch our language, 
Lest in doing so we give ourselves 
Permission to destroy human life.

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