Human

A Lamentation of Stereotypes

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Words are powerful. They alone are enough to make someone feel important. What do your words do?

Liliana Owen, Journalist

You call me names

Think it’s as right as rain

Just cause it’s what has always been done

 

You label and categorize

Stereotype and organize

It’s just too much

Do you realize you are hurting us

 

It seems that in the midst of the names

You’ve forgotten who we are

Human

 

Smart and dumb and everything in between

Nerd and geek and oddball

You call us names

Don’t try to get to know us at all

But deep down, you and I, we’re the same

Does that scare you

 

Labels mean nothing

Until we let them mean something

But it’s so hard to let them roll off

They hurt, even when they aren’t meant to

 

With words, you categorize

Line up and neatly package

Try to organize by age and IQ

But we’re humans

 

We’re all unique

No two of us the same

Please do not blame

The apes from which some claim

To be descended from

A God created each of us

We are handmade

And thus, one of a kind

 

Yeah, labels are just words

But they still hurt

Cause pain worth the world

 

Besides, words are relative

Always changing depending

On who you compare to whom

 

But enough with the names

And the categories

Please just remember who I am

And treat me as such

HUMAN