This lesson is a powerful visual of how words can tear people apart.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. What do you think about this saying? Many people think that words can hurt more than sticks or stones. Most people don’t bat an eye when someone says “gay” or “retard.” And that’s wrong. How much do you cringe when you walk by a group of kids and someone says, “That’s so gay!” When someone says “That’s so gay” in lieu of “That’s so stupid,” they’re saying everything about gay people is stupid. Sure, it may not be meant that way, but if we continue to let people use words like “gay” and “retard” in a negative way, people get hurt. Words hurt. The more you’re allowed to perpetuate the incorrect use of a word, the harder it is to get people to realize what they’re doing.