I have one thing to say right now, just one, to any person out there who has ever said some variation of the following:
"Well, stick and stones, you know? I mean they're only words! Why let them get to you?"
I dare you, I DARE you, to say that to the family of Jaheem Herrera or the family of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover. Go ahead. Tell those people who have lost a chunk of their hearts that it's "just words!"
ITS NEVER JUST WORDS!
I don't know how many times I have to say this, words mean things! Words shape how we define the world, how we perceive things that others do or are. Words MEAN things, and trying to brush those meanings off as someone who is hurt being "oversensitive" is privileged and heartless. Words harm people. Words can kill.