“My feeling is that labels are for canned food… I am what I am – and I know what I am.” Michael Stipe
It is true! No-one should be defined primarily as Black or White or Asian or Hispanic or Latino or Muslim or Catholic. And to take it one step further we shouldn’t be short, fat, overweight, skinny … you get the point.
Why? Simply put, we are all just PEOPLE moving out together on this journey called life. The tint of our skin along with many of the other labels that exist in our society should be totally irrelevant.
I am proud to be who I am and it has nothing to do with the colour of my skin. I have lived and I have fought, I have seen good times and bad times (sprinkled with a few very ugly times in between), I have been on the top of the circle of life and at the bottom. I am a woman. I am a mom. I am a daughter and friend. I am an aunt and teacher. Best of all, I am awesomely fantabulously beautiful. But that’s just me … do you know what or who YOU are?
While you think on that question here’s a bit of advice: let’s try to forget the labels and the stereotyping and the profiling … please! Because while someone is focusing on your ‘blackness’ or ‘whiteness’ remember that what they should in reality be doing is trying to see the real you on the inside – where everyone’s blood is the same i.e. RED.
“The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.” Eckhart Tolle