@guerrillarain They also perpetuate this toxic idea that being 'unintelligent'--whatever that means at the time--is the worst thing in the world; that all negative traits, such as bigotry, are linked to unintelligence; and vice versa, that if you're 'smart' you're also just.
And the complexes we're giving kids by teaching them these ideas with our language. "It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong": yeah, because we teach kids being 'unintelligent' makes them unvalued!
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