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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0qD2K2RWkc
Video : I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White.

This is a video published on November 2nd, 2015, and I recently saw this video. Prince Ea talks about these labels that many people say would define us as who we are and how they shouldn’t define us as who we are. He compares people to cars and how we each are different by color and this is the same when referring to people. The video plays with his voice portrayed by many diverse types of people who are all different. I felt like this is relates to much of the conversations we had in class about gender, sex, and race, more specifically on the labels that we would put on ourselves. Today we discussed the issue of gender issued bathrooms and where what kind of person should go to. People who identifies themselves as their gender or sex should be able to go to whichever bathroom they choose and not what their birth certificate says they are. I interpret Prince Ea in this way where people should have the freedom to identify themselves as who they want to be.

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  1. The video sounds like poetry, and like most poetry it beautifies a simple topic or theme beyond the reality of it (i.e. The sea or leaves in the wind). We are human and we classify things. That’s what we do. As we learned earlier in the semester, even in infancy, we create schemas and all new information either gets its own schema or is assimilated into an existing schema. We’re not taught to do it, it’s just a way of managing information.

    I am white. That’s the color of my skin. It doesn’t define me but it’s a fact. It’s outrageous how society, media, and people individually have made saying “he/she is black” a taboo. It’s not a problem with any other race either. In my department there’s about one black employee per shift. When someone calls and says they were being helped earlier by “a gentleman and didn’t get his name” I ask if they can describe him. I literally hear the fear in their voice as they try to tell me he’s black. How is that okay? The more we try to be anti-racist the more aware of race and, thusly, racist we become.

    The problem is what people associate with white or black or brown or tan or red or yellow (and I use those colors loosely since no one actually matches those colors). The problem isn’t with the label it is what the label represents in people’s minds.

    The solution isn’t with an ad campaign, it’s with what we show (not teach) our children.

    As for the bathroom issue: it’s not about allowing LBTGQ to use the bathroom of their choice, it’s about how to prevent abuse of this rule/law. If someone with a sexual affliction goes into a bathroom targeting a man or a woman, and gets away with it because they claim they identify as that sex it would create a huge legal issue.

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  2. I found this video to be very moving. I love the analogies of the car and a butterfly in a shell that he uses. I completely agree that racism and discrimination steam from judgement and that they are socially constructed. There is no way someone is born into to this world believing they are more superior than others, or different in anyway. These labels are purely taught to young children. One part of the video that grabbed my attention is when he said “who would you be if the world never gave you a label?” Society is blindly describing individuals for their skin color instead of their persona. Without boxes to check that say “white”, “black”, or “hispanic”, a restraint would be lifted off of us. Just because someone has lighter skin, whose to say they are “white”? People should have the freedom to identify however they wish and although it may seem idealistic, we should not let these constructed labels divide us any further.

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  3. I first just wanted to say I posted this blog and I messed up on the title.

    Reading both of the comments, I agree with what you guys are saying about its what we teach our children and how we perceive what these labels are. Now since we are in a more modern society, do you guys think that it is possible to change how people think and is it possible to remove these labels society has unconsciously put on everyone? There may be those who will stick to what they think but for the next or younger generation of children, is possible to change those even if they’re told about race or skin color and how they are different?

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