Labels

Written by Vicki Tiller

I recently watched a truly powerful video by Prince Ea. He speaks and writes about inspirational and motivational content and believes the answer to every problem on the planet can be answered by love.

The particular video I watched was entitled ‘I’m NOT Black, You are NOT White’ and discusses through poem, how the terms we call ourselves such as black and white are just labels. Society teaches us what to call people. We didn’t come out at birth saying I’m black or I’m white. We get taught what colour to call our skin… it’s a label.

You can watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0qD2K2RWkc

This got me thinking about all of the other possible things I would label myself, as if I were to write it down, that list would include things such as

  • White
  • British
  • Shy
  • Geek
  • Timid
  • Insecure
  • Tall
  • Quiet

All these things society has taught me to call myself normally through interaction with others or through myself having learnt the meaning of the word and attaching it too myself. Not once when I was thinking about the labels did it ever cross my mind to put sister, daughter, or friend. I immediately went to the words that would describe how I look, how I possibly act, and feel about myself.

When a group of babies are put together they will play without prejudice, they do not care what country that other child has come from or what colour their skin is. They will play, share, and show affection to another without giving it a second thought. They will learn as they grow, through society’s teachings, the labels of the world and they will begin to give labels to other people and themselves as they grow.

You, as the person reading this can do your part to change this though. If just one person stopped looking at the world through the labels we call each other, I am sure the world you would live in would be a much happier place. If and when you have children, try to teach them that the labels do not mean anything; that the external shell of our bodies, what colour it is, and what it looks like does not make a person any different to them. That underneath we are all the same. We all share the same emotions.

These labels are what cause us to look at people in a judgmental and prejudicial way. If we were stripped of all the labels we would collectively use one, human being, and this is true for the 7 billion people who live on Earth.

 

It doesn’t matter what colour our skin is, where we live, or what country we are from.

It doesn’t matter what age we are, if we are male or female, or who we decide to worship.

It doesn’t matter who we love, fall in love with, what our age is, or what our weight is.

 

We are all human beings, and we all deserve to love, dream, wish, and live in exactly the same way without being labelled.

 

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