Let’s be careful about words. Let’s watch our tongue.
Nathalie Oberweis & Carole Reckinger
political scientists and freelance journalists
Nathalie Oberweis and Carole Reckinger, both political scientists and freelance journalists, currently work for non-profit organisations. Outraged by injustices, they write on a wide range of topics from post conflict reconstruction in East Timor to Iraqi refugees in Luxembourg and neocolonialism in the developing world. They especially enjoy travelling together to find new stories and collaborate on articles or art projects. Being irritated together makes reality more bearable.
Their project “The Wall” represents the wall of injustices, prejudices, control, power abuse and violence. The Wall represents both the mental walls we carry in our minds as well as material walls. All is connected to words. Their hidden power cannot be underestimated. The words that we use, think or repeat construct mental barriers in our minds. According to the choice of words we use, we construct ideas, change meanings or build prejudices. Words are not innocent. Discourse is not innocent. We construct the world around us with words. We construct our world with our words. It’s the words we use to describe something, an event, which gives meaning to it.
Words divide. By saying this or that is good or bad, this person or that person is right or wrong, we create division, we create walls. We all know the sentence “I am not a racist but…”. But what? Roma are lazy, they don’t want to work, they’re parasites. Africans are criminals. Islam is a violent religion. And so on. Let’s be careful about words. Let’s watch our tongue.