"No one today is purely one thing. Labels like Indian, or woman, or Muslim, or American are not more than starting-points...Imperialism consolidated the mixture of cultures and identities on a global scale. But its worst and most paradoxical gift was to allow people to believe that they were only, mainly, exclusively, white, or Black, or Western, or Oriental...but there seems no reason except fear and prejudice to keep insisting on their separation and distinctiveness, as if that was all human life was about. Survival in fact is about the connections between things." -Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism.