Does identity split or unite?

I was wondering.

It seems that using words like “that white lady, that Indian man, that black teenager, that Muslim girl, that Chinese girl” pose certain risks of offending people who would say that using such words which categorize people into their race, religion and skin tone is demeaning and insensitive.

If we really do find these categorizations offensive, why is it that they are still necessary in our daily lives? Not to mention the reason that “knowing your religion would allow us to be more sensitive towards you, it serves as a warning”, but what do you even need to be careful of in the first place? Why are some categorizations viewed as “normal”, while others should be shunned away from totally, especially those that categorize the minorities?

Perhaps identity is not determined by those superficial appearances and categorizations of us humans. I guess this is the conclusion I’m drawing.

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