Today is a big day guys. Today we can all stand up and stop hate. You may say, it's just one word. One word leads to another and another, before you know it you're saying things that seem normal to you but can cut others so deeply.
Growing up I used to say this all the time. I never thought about it so it didn't really affect me. I'm ashamed to say that but it's true. Then I came to college and it was like someone flipped a switch. I realized how hurtful it was and decided to never say it again. Sadly, it was hard at first because I was so used to saying it. I cringe when I stop to think about the impression I must have been giving others when I said it so carelessly. Now and again it slips out and I'm immediately embarrassed and upset that I let myself say it.
Today I pledge to end the word by informing others.