Most of us seem to understand the power of words on a theoretical basis, but when it comes to what actually flies out of our mouths or keyboards, there is often a disconnect. Words are powerful, and we can use them to benefit ourselves and those who listen. Language that excludes, belittles, or makes unqualified generalizes isn’t helpful. In fact, words that may seem harmless are often repeated micro-aggressions that add up through the course of a person’s day — and life. They affect the way we think, and they shape the development of children. We have a choice. We can upgrade and use our words for showing ethics of inclusion and respect. It’s a process because most of us have engrained patterns (like calling a mixed group of people guys), but by paying attention to every word — we can add our language to the ways we resist sexism, racism, and so many other kinds of groupisms.
Please commit to using your words wisely. It matters.
- Some racism is so subtle that neither victim nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on—which may be especially toxic for people of color.
- This project is a response to “it’s not a big deal” – “it” is a big deal. ”It” is in the everyday. ”It” is shoved in your face when you are least expecting it. ”It” happens when you expect it the most. ”It” is a reminder of your difference.
Storified by FunkNBeans · Mon, Jul 09 2012 14:06:16