A lot of my friends and family know that I don’t really say much. I’d quite happily have a conversation with someone where they do all the talking and I do all the listening. Something I need to work on, I know. But there are some things that I cannot stay silent about. And the events of the last week, namely the unjustified murder of George Floyd, have shed light on those things.
It has manifested itself in many different ways throughout my life, both directly and indirectly. Of course, I am not subject to the same unnecessary and heartbreaking physical (and otherwise) oppression as black people in America, but this is where the problem starts:
If we pretend that racism is just America’s problem, we are ignorant to hundreds of millions of lives and realities all around the world. We cannot let this become something that is embedded within our society, any longer.
I’m not going to pretend I’ve all got the answers, or any extra-special insight, but these are just my suggestions: when you see injustice happening on your screens or before your very eyes, call it out. Stand with those who are oppressed, whatever they look like. The only way we can make a difference is by acting together. And acting in love.
The reality is, one more post on my social media isn’t going to change much.
The rest is up to you and me — doing what we can to make this world a better place for every single person. How? We can have conversations. We can read books. We can change mindsets. We can speak up in the workplace, on the streets, in restaurants, at home, on the bus and let people know that this is not right.
I would love for my young cousins — and one day God willing, my kids — to grow up in a world where they can have the same opportunities, rights and treatment as everybody else and not live in any kind of fear, just because of the colour of their skin.
Don’t tell me that’s never going to happen. Help me make it a beautiful reality.
If I wasn’t clear:
Black. Lives. Matter.
“and learn to do right. See that justice is done — help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows.”