They. It is a simple word most people think nothing of using but it is a word that makes me cringe. I often hear "Why are you so sensitive?" or "Get over it already!' I guess everything is relative. Life is different when you are "they" day in and day out. When just by looking at you someone defines you with "they."
I still remember the warm, slimy, disgusting feeling of spit on my face. I was "they" as a child but back then it wasn't the same word. You can't use the other word anymore because it would clearly be racist but "they" doesn't mean anything bad - or does it? Maybe if you had been spat on as a child or the other children had called you names and wouldn't let you play and their parents did nothing to stop them, maybe you would be "overly sensitive" too.
Even today I cannot do things that others can do without giving any thought to it, such as stopping by to check on a house for a friend because I am the "they" that will get stopped by the police for suspicious behavior.
I maybe college educated and compassionate but to many I am still nothing more than "they." I hope the next time you use that word carelessly you will think twice about how you are using the word and what it would be like to grow up being spit on just because of the color your skin. We are not "they." We are all human beings but as long as "they" exists, being judged by the content of our character is nothing but a dream.