Sticks, Stones and Slurs:<br />
Does 'Reclaiming' Words Work?

Sticks, Stones and Slurs:
Does 'Reclaiming' Words Work?

If a word still hurts people, is it worth using? Kimberley McLeod weighs in

Kimberley McLeod

by Kimberley McLeod, March 14, 2012

Sticks, Stones and Slurs:<br />
Does 'Reclaiming' Words Work?

from NCTE, echoed this sentiment in her previously mentioned Huffington Post piece. “I know now that [slurs] hurt a lot of people who are already hurt too often,” she added. “To me, it isn't worth analyzing it much more than that.”

It’s time we get a little more creative about how to disarm the power of derogatory slurs. The solution might lie somewhere in educating others and ourselves about the harm they can actually cause. In the meantime, let’s err on the side of caution and mindfulness of the young people that are looking up to us as well as modeling our language and behavior.



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