Black Men Have Big…

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What do other people see when they look at you?

Labels.

You go to school and automatically you are put into a clique. There’s the jocks, the preps, the nerds, the emos, the chavs, the popular kids, the loners. Things get slightly better in sixth form, people mix a little bit more, but there are still those labels.

When you see people in the street you automatically label people as they walk by- “she’s a slut,” “wow, he’s geeky,” “she’s a bit butch- clearly a lesbian.” What you don’t know is that girl you think is a slut, has actually never even kissed a boy. The geeky guy is the most popular kid in school. The ‘lesbian’ has been with her boyfriend for over a year.

We perceive people of a certain sex, religion and race in a particular way. Some people to a higher extent than others. White people can’t dance, women are only good for cooking and cleaning, black men have big… feet 😉 People with mental disorders are labelled all the time. He’s got schizophrenia? Dangerous! It’s the same with people with physical or genetic disorders. We’ve all heard the words used everyday. I use them myself, and I have one! Mental, lunatic, mad, psycho, freak, retard, spastic. It may be easier said than done, but we need to cut off these labels before we make a judgement.

Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.

– Martina Navratilova

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