Moving Away From Labels And Towards Humanity

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)