'Names will never hurt me' -- are you serious?
This playground retort is supposed to mean something? 'Assault and battery' -- the 'assault' is the language and behaviour of someone, and 'battery' is the physical attack. We have had a concept of 'attack' being words and behaviour for centuries. Racism and other hate is manifested mostly through language, and it is language that destroys people. Abusive language IS abuse. You can brainwash a person into thinking they are trash, that they ought die. The US Army has a huge resilience program to help strengthen soldiers to withstand verbal as well as physical torture. The stuff that goes into the brain can destroy the mind. It's not name-calling, it's a specific attack using what humans have evolved to do best: language, and it is why it is effective. I can only assume you have never been on the receiving end of bullying or verbal hate. Anyone who has could never be so flippant.