Interesting question as the title of this post, eh?! Almost all of us, at some point or another in our lives, have been labeled/called a name that we hope isn’t a true reflection of us. In my short lifetime, I’ve been called a(n):
- Angry Black woman, and a host of other things that are, well…just mean and ugly.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but that bit about words never hurting isn’t always true. Not all words are so ugly upon first hearing it (like “maverick” from the 2004 election year. Bleh.) but many deserve to move on out of general lexicon. In fact, there are many words that should never resurface (no, this is not a piece about the infamous N-word) now that we have more knowledge about how they can negatively impact us.
Writer, and Executive Director/Co-Founder of People of the Second Chance (POTSC), Mike Foster shared a great article on RelevantMagazine.com entitled, “Fat, Ghetto, Slut & Other Words to Quit Using,” that I believe you’ll enjoy. Imagine the greater good we’ll contribute to when we refer to one another with love and kindness? Also, please watch the video below to learn more about POTSC.