“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
Never has anything so wrong stuck into our consciousness for so long. Really. Who believes that names don’t hurt?
If you doubt that names can hurt, take a look at To This Day, a video by Shane Koyczan. Bullied as a kid, Koyczan turned his pain into a spoken word performance. Now it is a short animation.
To This Day is powerful stuff, so powerful that I sat transfixed, barely able to breathe, choked up, crying, through the entire video. I had to sit quietly for a few minutes after watching, because I couldn’t bring myself to move or talk. I remained moved by what I’d seen all day.
Please watch it. If you have children, watch it with them.