What do you charge someone with when the words that they use become deadly weapons? Every day, I see people in power use words as deadly weapons. I do not think our legal structure has the proper tools to handle those who would use words weapons of mass destruction.

When I was a little girl, we learned a jingle. It went like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Growing up in the Pine Belt, in a world of Black lumberjacks, veterans, construction workers, and yeoman farmers, we were expected to be emotionally and physically tough. A smart mouth was treasured…