I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White – Prince EA

Richard Williams is better known by his stage name Prince EA.

He is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis Missouri. He has just created a video that has taken the internet by storm. It is titled “I am NOT Black, You are NOT White”.

In this spoken word piece (I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White) he talks about the labels that we place on ourselves or accept as truth from society.

Are you putting labels on yourself? Watch this video to see if you can shed them.

I am NOT Black, You are NOT White

Prince EA

I am not black
I mean, that’s what the world calls me but
It’s not me
I didn’t come out of my mother womb saying
Hey everybody I’m, black
No I was taught to be black
And you were taught to call me that
Along with whatever you call yourself
It’s just a label

See from birth the world force-feeds us these, labels
And eventually we all swallow them
We digest and accept the labels
Never ever doubting them
But there’s one problem
Labels are not you and labels are not me
Labels are just labels
But who we truly are is not skin deep

See when I drive my car
No one would ever confuse the car for me
Well when I drive my body
Why do you confuse me for MY BODY
It’s my body get it
Not me
Let me break it down

See your bodies are just cars that we operate and drive around
The dealership we call society decided to label mine the black edition
Yours the Irish or white edition
And with no money down, 0% APR and no test-drive
We were forced to own these cars for the rest of our live
Forgive me but I fail to see the logic or pride
In defining myself or judging another by the cars we drive
Because who we truly are is found inside

Listen I’m not here to tell you how
Science has concluded that
Genetically we are all mixed
And race in the human species doesn’t exist or
How every historian knows that
Race was invented in the 15th century
To divide people from each other
And it has worked perfectly

I’m not here to lecture
I just want to ask one question
Who would you be if the world never gave you a label
Never gave you a box to check
Would you be; White, Black, Mexican, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Indian?
No, we would be one
We would be together
No longer living in the era of calling human being black people or white people
These labels that will forever blind us from seeing a person for who they are
But instead seeing them through judgmental, prejudicial, artificial filters of who we think they are

And when you let an artificial label define yourself
Then my friend you have chosen smallness over greatness
And minimised yourself
Confined and decided yourself from others
And it is an undeniable fact that
Where there is division there will be conflict
And conflict starts wars
Therefore every war has started over labels
It’s always us versus them
So the answer to war, racism, sexism and every other ism
Is so simple that every politician has missed it
It’s the labels
We must rip them off

Isn’t it funny how no baby is born racist?
Yet every baby cries when they hear the cries of another
No matter the gender, culture or colour
Proving that deep down we were meant to connect
And care for each other
That is our mission
And that is not my opinion
That is the truth
In a world that has sold us fiction
Please listen
Labels only distort our vision
Which is why half of those watching this will dismiss it
Or feel resistance and conflicted but

Just remember
So did the caterpillar
Before it broke through it’s shell and became the magnificent butterfly
Well these labels are our shells and we must do the same thing
So we can finally spread our wings
Human beings were not meant to be slapped with labels
Like groceries in supermarkets
DNA cannot be regulated by the FDA
We were meant to be free
And only until we remove them all
And stop living and thinking so small
Will we be free
To see ourselves
And each other
For who we truly are.

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