I can’t think of a single time I’ve ever heard the word “redskin” said in a positive way about another human being. The first time I heard it I was three, maybe four, and my mother, a lady of fine Scandinavian and German bloodlines, as she was so frequently proud of reminding me, had just used the word to describe a woman and her child sitting on a bench next to us at a shopping mall.
This is how bigotry is taught, naturally, when a society makes it so comfortable for its members to use a disparaging word in public and within earshot of the intended target that no one calls the bigot out.
Times, however, have changed.
Watch the video below, and consider just for a moment what it must feel like to hear a word that disparages your entire race, your gender, your age, your nationality every day of your life. Then consider working to change the language of hate, no matter how it’s used.