From across the world we watch as scenes of America erupting in anger at the senseless death of George Floyd last week. Pinned down by his neck and declaring he couldn’t breathe, it is hard to understand why the officer didn’t restrain differently. Interestingly, today it is revealed two autopsies, one official and the other private reveal different outcomes, not helping the city’s cause.
As a European-Australian it is difficult to ever truly understand racism, so I can only take it back to my own lived experience of extensive bullying growing up. Whilst I appreciate it’s not the same, bullying too is a involves exclusion, hateful commentary, and violence. For some like myself it can have long lasting effects.
For me my experience lasted 13 years and resulted in PTSD. I wonder then how it is for those who live daily with racism? Judged for their appearance, the colour of their skin, their ethnicity, for difference. Is it little wonder anger boils over?
How does the human race move forward? How does it finally embrace difference rather than fear it? There was a gorgeous video I saw on the Net yesterday, on Facebook I believe, with two young boys running arms open towards one another, one white the other black. The video then flashes the comment that wasn’t something were born with but learned; so true.
I think children and education campaigns are one way forward. Teaching kids to celebrate difference, to want to discover more and then pass that on to their families and encourage change where they may experience conflicting behaviours. Like anything it takes time to obtain change, but unless we try we never get there.
I hope we get there in my lifetime. #blackLivesMatter