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Here's an inside look at the viral skeletons video that brought joy to the Internet.

Remember those dancing, kissing skeletons that made us all smile? Here's what you didn't see.

We at Upworthy have been honored to support the "Love Has No Labels" campaign.

Their first video caught millions of people off-guard, but it left them with nothing but the good feels. With part two of the video, they're introducing us to the stars, who smile as they share their stories of true love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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There are two very profound messages behind all this cuteness.

The first one is fairly obvious. They say “love has no labels." I buy that 100%. True love isn't something we express with modifiers. And though we're all different and each of our relationships is unique, when we really feel love, we can all feel it with the same endless depth and intensity.


The second message might be a little harder to catch. Like love, it's not something we can really measure. It's an inner tide that pushes and pulls us to behave in certain ways. And like love, it's something that takes work. That something is called implicit bias.

"Implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes (e.g., implicit attitudes and implicit stereotypes) that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control."
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They say it's what's on the inside that counts. But what's on the outside still matters.

Whether we realize it or not, our implicit biases cause us to judge others before we even have a chance to know them. We're constantly making prejudgments based on all of those traits — those labels — that, as this campaign so delightfully illustrates, have nothing to do with our capacity to love, be it race, religion, gender, age, disability, or anything else.


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The real-world effects of implicit bias are bigger you may know.

It affects people's ability to make friends, to find jobs, or even to just go about their day in peace. And as we've come to learn, when implicit biases seep into areas such as policing and justice, things can get very sad and very ugly.

But don't feel guilty about implicit bias. We're all human, and no one is exempt.

However, if one of your living objectives is to be a "good" person — a kinder and more humane person — that's where the work comes in. Old habits may die hard, but ingrained, unconscious prejudice can be even more difficult to uproot.

This is arguably among the most important challenges for humanity to overcome. The better we get at identifying and addressing implicit biases — both as individuals and communities — the more we can focus on, well, love.

Want to get started now?

Take this quiz on the campaign website. With each response, you'll learn a little more about how implicit biases play out in real life and ways to avoid playing into the stereotypes.

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Trump has been one of the most anti-immigrant presidents of recent memory. His Administration separated undocumented families at the border, placed bans on travelers from majority-Muslim countries, and he's proudly proclaimed, "Our country is full."

George W. Bush's legacy on immigration is a bit more nuanced. He ended catch-and-release and called for heightened security at the U.S.-Mexico border, but he also championed an immigration bill that created a guest worker program and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.

Unfortunately, that bill did not pass.

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It is said that once you've seen something, you can't unsee it. This is exactly what is happening in America right now. We have collectively watched the pot of racial tension boil over after years of looking the other way, insisting that hot water doesn't exist, pretending not to notice the smoke billowing out from every direction.

Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

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While that sounds awful, it's important to know that trafficking children in the US is not all of that. I can't say it never is—I don't know. What I do know is most young trafficked children aren't sitting in a basement tied up. They have families, and someone—usually in their family—is trafficking them.

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Roland Pollard and his 4-year-old daughter Jayden have been doing cheer and tumbling stunts together since Jayden could walk. When you see videos of their skills, the level of commitment is apparent—as is the supportive relationship this daddy has with his daughter.

Pollard, a former competitive cheerleader and cheer coach, told In The Know that he didn't expect Jayden to catch on to her flying skills at age 3, but she did. He said he never pressures her to perform stunts and that she enjoys it. And as a viral video of Jayden almost falling during a stunt shows, excelling at a skill requires good teaching—something Pollard appears to have mastered.

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