Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge – James 4:11
On route to the next gig, Tony surfs the radio and comes across several black artists each of which he inquires about Dr. Shirley’s acquaintance of them. When informed of his lack of knowledge, Tony in disbelief announces: “these are your people!” Later, Tony acquires a barrel of Kentucky Fried Chicken, expecting Dr. Shirley to eat along with him. When Dr. Shirley refuses, he comments about how blacks are known for loving fried chicken.
Lesson: Labeling. When the definer is “people” it can take on many forms, such as defining a person based on gender, age, or for this discussion: ethnicity. It happens when certain preconceived ideas, biases, are associated with someone’s culture, which oftentimes conveys a negative image. It prevents a person’s right to be seen, heard, and appreciated for his or her uniqueness.
The only identity we should all share is written in this verse: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). However, who I am, you are, as a person should be discovered not dictated. Let’s adhere to this saying: “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Instead, let’s enjoy each page.