The problem with labels
The problem with labels is that they're labels. First, African-Americans were distinguished by calling them negroes. Then it was colored. Then it was black. Now it's African-American. After the semantics fight going on, I thought, why is it always changing? My realization is, because each time it's another way to single someone out. That's what wrong with labels. Why isn't he just the person with whom you work? Why is he the black Muslim with whom you work? Would you define someone as a white Chrisitian? Caucasians don't have this same issue. You'll notice that never changes. It's used interchangeably with white. If you don't make a distinction about his skin color or describe him with his skin color, why the next person? I think the world would be a better place if everyone took the race describers out of the conversations. One day a very long time ago, I noticed this issue when I decided I didn't want to say that black person over there. It is my opinion, racism still exists because the labels still exit. Even if one is trying to help an under-represented minority. The help seems to be hindering. It also seems time to stop using race labels all the way around. I found using describers I would use if they were white (tall, wearing a purple sweater, facing me, etc.) for every person helped me understand we're all equal in rights.
So why do you think labels still exist? Are they really necessary? Equality in rights are very important. People can be special without race being the defining factor. Don't you think? Should we rid the world of all delineations of race? Or would it show everyone that we're all equal in rights as I learned so long ago?