Indeed, as posited by Martin Luther King Jr that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere now makes so much meaningful meaning to me with the recent racist attack meted on a black civilian by a police officer in the United States specifically in the state of Minnesota whose explicit core mandate significantly is to protect lives and properties including apprehending criminals. The brutality and violence unleashed or meted on George Floyd has been the case on black people since time immemorial.
This is not the first time and certainly won’t be the last time. Until the black race rises in unism.. this animalistic, backward and barbaric act will continue.
This has been happening for too long and it’s now being seen and largely criticized by all people, nations, languages and tribes because of technological advancement. It is so illogic and unreasonable for someone to be sentenced to death because of the color of their skin. Must a person be subjected to this inhumane because of the color of their skin? It about time we all joined the campaign to trumpet and register our concerns and displeasure with regards to this form of inhuman, unimaginable and unthinkable act against the black race.
You don’t need to be an American, Asian, European or African before you support fairness and humanity. Our elders say “when you see your neighbors beard burning you have to fetch water and put yours inside”. It is also often said “the noise of a hungry neighbor will certainly make you not to sleep”
I firmly believe that a problem facing one is a problem to all and for that matter one must not sit in silence unconcerned. We all crave for a morally upright and decent society which demands for a collective efforts, energy and hands to achieve this goal.
The world in its current state needs peace than ever before. Like globalization, we need “peacelization” among and between nations. We need both globalization and peace to integrate, interconnect, interdepend on each other in terms of trade and commerce, politics, economic, military, transport, communication, and technology to have a well established society as people.
Additionally, it is crucial and critical for peaceful bilateral and multilateral cooperation and co-existence between nations, religion, and region to make the world a progressive and peaceful place for all humanity.
This is the time for all to speak out and not to be silent. This is the time for people with voices and influence to stand up ranging from state actors to non-state actors like sports icons, entertainers, musicians TV show hosts and all relevant stakeholders because evil triumph when good people sit and do nothing. “you can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom” – Malcolm X
This suggest that indeed, peace is not complete without freedom of movement, expression, and speech. Because peace and freedom, like siames twins, are inseparable. The silenceness of black pastors with so much voice and influence including renowned music and sports icons and personalities as well as TV show hosts like STEVE HARVEY, OPRAH WINFREY, TD JAKES and former US president Barack Obama. They’ve been silent for long and it’s time they rise up and condemn this barbaric act will continue.
Also, the novel Corona virus has proven to us beyond reasonable doubts that we are all the same regardless of the color of one’s skin or being black or white.
It is undisputable that we all may not be the same before the law or in terms of affluence, influence, power, authority, position, wealth or status in society. However, We are all the same before Coronavirus or Covid – 19. The virus is not a respecter of white or black skin color or whether one is developed or undeveloped or underdeveloped like the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Borris Johnson, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom and the heir as well including Idris Elba wouldn’t have be infected. In fact, as matter of fact, the virus does not care about royalty or political status.
This is the time the world needs to live in togetherness, brotherhood, and love to fight the common enemy (Covid – 19) rather than unleashing violence on innocent people because of bigotry and superiority.
We have all seen the fragility of mankind that have been exposed by the virus. Not even countries with sophisticated technology and good health care systems or facilities were spared. This generally shows how weak and deficient we are as people regardless of our race or skin color. For that matter; there is no need to hate, discriminate and kill one another all because of superiority and inferiority.
The discussion must start from the home and family including our various workplaces on this injustices and inhumanity. This is the only way our voices and cries can be heard by the perpetrators and accomplices of this detestable act.
We all deserve to be treated fairly and equally and also in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stated emphatically and specifically…”
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”
” We are all caught in an inseparable and inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny ; our very survival hinges on us recognizing this” Martin Luther King Jr.
In conclusion, I believe that this recognition should lead to bolder and positive actions like courageous conversations and discussions addressing the pain of racism and injustice. We need to have some courageous conversations and repentance from this evil act as people and nations. It is time we understand the connection between peace, love, and justice. Once we understand this connection, we can begin to chart and more strategically build the consciousness and change and correct the unjust systems and right the wrongs.
That will help us to embrace the love ethic but also being able to actualize love by treating each other with dignity and respect and in pursuit of true peace and love which includes justice. The world is already hurting. That is not the kind of news we should be reading.
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