Updated: 4 days ago
It’s been over 6 months since civic unrest took over the planet and a year since the pandemic dominated our lives. Understandably, it's difficult to think about the woes of other people when you are wading through your own shit.
But each time, I see protesters clambering to the streets to fight the lockdowns.
I can't help but get triggered by shouting that their freedoms are being threatened wearing no PPE and zero physical distancing. I understand the anger from small businesses who are on the verge of bankruptcy pushing back against a system that prioritized big box stores' needs over the needs of people whose very livelihoods depend on the sales and services they provide on an everyday basis. I don’t understand this notion that being asked to stay home and leave only for essentials and exercise to stop the spread of COVID-19 is somehow a violation of your freedoms.
What freedoms have been taken away?
Going to the mall, restaurants or other social events and gatherings? How would these same people feel if their ability to have access to services, housing or get a job that reflects their skill level or education, or be seriously considered for promotions were deliberately impaired? How about if your ancestral lands were taken and defiled and you were living in subhuman conditions? They would most likely burn the whole place down. As Canadians, we like to think we are above the events of January 6th, but with White Supremacy groups on the rise, I think it’s time we wake the hell up!
As it relates to Covid, we are being asked to curtail our activities for the sake of other people, for our front-line workers and our elderly community. Some find this sacrifice too much; I can’t help but think those are the All Lives Matter people but demonstrate that only their life matters.
Witnessing these demonstrations has been a real eye-opener for me. How can Black Lives Matter when some people demonstrate they barely care about their own life? We know that the system is broken, and the progress to change is slow at best. BIPOC people don’t have the privilege of putting up our Black square, voicing our disdain, checking off the boxes for the diversity and inclusion tasks forces provided by our employers, then returning to our everyday life, free from discrimination and violence. We go back to the same level of racism that greeted us before June 2, 2020.
A healthy whole society knows that we are our brother's keeper. It strives to remove barriers to create an environment that allows equal and fair access to all resources. I ask that as we move into Black History Month, you take this time to keep the message alive, stay woke, see the injustice, message your member of parliament, continue to look within and be an ally; we need you for change to happen.
"It's always darkest before the dawn”- Thomas Fuller.
I take solace in knowing that love always triumphs over hate. These may be the darkest times in our lifetime, but the light that follows can only be equivalent.
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