Something we should always remember as human beings is that what we say matters, especially if it could hurt other people.
Unfortunately, racism has been so ingrained in our world that harmful words and phrases have becomes a part of our everyday lives. Oftentimes, we don’t even know the origin of a lot of things we say; we just picked them up by listening to others and think they’re OK.
In MTV’s web show, Decoded, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey gave a rundown of six of these phrases. As it turns out, colloquialisms like “no can do,” “peanut gallery” and “hip hip hooray” all have very offensive origins.
“I’m not here to tell you how to talk, but understanding where these words and phrases come from is an important part of understanding how racism and oppression have shaped the world we live in today,” she says in the video.
We agree, Franchesca. Education is a powerful tool to learn when it’s import to empathize with the struggles of others, which can help make the world a more equal place. Watch the video, so you can be cognizant of the historical ramifications of your words.