In general, high school boys want to do the “hard, right thing,” but they often struggle when it comes to finding the right words. After listening to a UCC boy talk recently about an incident that took place at school, I think that “words” may be the wrong word.
Here’s his story (and I’m paraphrasing this):
I was joking around with some friends, and while we were chirping one another, I used some homophobic language. In hindsight, I understand how wrong this is, but at the time, I was just busting on some friends.
After using an all too familiar homophobic slur, another friend — who wasn’t a part of our conversation but who happened to overhear us – came over to me and said one word, “Seriously?”
That one word hit me.
It wasn’t a speech, a lecture, a poem or a haiku. It was his one simple word.
But because of that one word, I suddenly saw everything differently.