In America, we celebrate labels which only emphasize separation all the more. It sets the stage to believe those labels mean anything; the first woman president, the first black president, the first black woman to win a race.
Although these are milestones that reflect changes in society of “moving forward” and “acceptance” I feel deeply their reflection of acceptance is in and of itself a deep-seated belief in labels and that somehow they are important to the accomplishment at hand.
To grasp onto some feeling of pride is a thin line that requires awareness. While acknowledging the past of separation and isolation is a responsibility we must hold, letting go of labels and recognizing the accomplishment of a human being, as a human being, because they are a human being is where change really solidifies.
(photo by Samuel Zeller)