I see all this talk about growing racial tension and I have to wonder why people keep even seeing race as a thing. When was the last time you even saw someone of a different race? I never have, and I looked all over the suburban cul de sac where I live, the golf course, and the list of the top-earning CEOs and couldn't find anyone of a different race.
There might be some more races out there. But the point is that we don't refer to these races. That would be labeling these people. Labeling is unacceptable! I don't like being labeled as a liberal. I happen to believe in social justice, gay rights, higher taxes, and tut tutting liberals who are too loud about wanting the things I say I want. That doesn't mean you can just sum me up as "liberal." I bring this up to my friends who have traits leading toward small government policies, indiscriminate war, and homophobia and they seem perplexed. They just say to call them "conservative." I wouldn't dream of labeling them like that! I'm not some kind of labelist asshole. If we reject such divisive labels when we can all band together to oppose the Republicans.
I don't want to be labelist though, so maybe I shouldn't call people who are prone to labeling other people "labelists." I wanted to find a group of like minded anti-label activists, but it was difficult. I went to a lot of groups that didn't do a good job of describing themselves and I seem to have found a lot of support...I think. If I were more certain that these were groups opposed to labels, they probably wouldn't be very anti-labelist.
Anyway, these groups are...well, I can't describe them very well, but I sure do approve. If I called them fantastic, they'd feel forced to fill some sort of cultural role as fantastic people. I wouldn't do that to them. But either way, our movement is growing stronger and more nondescript.
I have to wonder if opposing labels is enough though. I mean, I obviously oppose adjectives, book titles, and species names, but what about proper names? Those are certainly labels. Actually, what about this whole language thing? Isn't it kind of a scam? Why should I let someone force me into grammar and syntax?
Focusing on ridiculous identity politics is definitely why Hilla--that person in the pantsuits lost. So I propose that in order to move past these we have to stop even mentally processing differences that lead to labels. If we want to truly to look past racial divisions, we have to literally not see color. Philosophers call this effect “qualia” but you don’t need to be constrained by calling it anything like that. It’s just this brain thing where colors aren’t real, ok.