I understand that segregation and labels cause issues in communities.What I don’t understand though is why as a race we cannot recognise a few basic facts. Religion and money clearly play a part in the issues we face today. A big part at that.
Religion loves to give labels, and money loves to give boxes. Together they are separating communities of people into smaller groups and sub consciously giving everybody else a focal point to aim their tension at.
If we didn’t have labels there could not be any statements or ill feelings between people because finally, we would understand that we’re all the same.
People throw around words like they mean nothing, simple phrases designed to be all inclusive actually cause even more segregation on conscious and sub conscious levels.
An example – reading the paper today, lots of people are writing in complaining about the suggestion for all black schools and I notice a key quote. “It doesn’t matter if your black, white or Asian”. This seems to be such a common sentence to read or hear in todays world.
Lets look at it again. Black, White or Asian, and there you have it, already before getting to the basics we have already marked differences rather then just saying – people – we already form stereotypes and opinions based on these boxes that everybody creates.
What’s worse is the form of positive discrimination (Oxymoron anyone?) that these boxed communities create themselves. Whether it’s for fear of others, or a lust for community spirit. Being with your own people is a big thing in people’s life’s. We are all the same and the sooner these barriers are broken from within, the sooner communities break down their cultural walls and stop trying to hold up walls that claim your difference and separations then maybe we can begin to get along.