In the wake of the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, anger is raging. Justifiable anger can be spent productively or wasted. One movement that seeks to make sure we do one thing right is #StopLabeling. It seems to be the only notion that every American who thinks about the current crisis of trust can agree on. Labels, because they dilute individuality, are dangerous. The American legal system (and promise) is built on the rights of the individual–and any time a label is used it diminishes that individuality and ignores the basic truth of the dignity of every human life.
The #StopLabeling hashtag at Twitter seems to be embraced by conservatives and liberals alike. But maybe we shouldn’t even label them as such. People are responding to it. Individual people with voices.