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Let’s talk openly about Racism
This week has been a hard one. It brought to the boil all the racial issues which have been brewing for decades. As we know Black people feel their lives are not valued at all. This has highlighted the fact that we need to talk openly about racism.
The irony of the matter is the people who are supposed to serve and protect are the very people who are perpetrating this unwarranted crimes which mostly leads to deaths.
The hard part is this has been happening for so long but because those unaffected were apathetic they always kept silent or just turned a blind eye, this has continued. I have never understood how one man can hate another so much that they could find taking their life just a non-event to them. Well, this time things are different and my prayer is that real change will come out of this. We don’t need another unnecessary loss of life.
What to do next?
Most of the time when something like this happens, anger boils to the fore and many people get impacted. So what can we do? I think it is now even more important to have real dialogues and real change. This is not a time for macho talk or threat of violence against those who are hurting. What I have seen work is that if we are open with each other and admit our wrong and ask for forgiveness things turn out to better.
It happened in South Africa with the truth and reconciliation commission.
There need to be a concerted effort to work out better solutions for every and that starts with asking for forgiveness for the wrongs, the marginalization, the racial profiling and sheer disregard for the sanctity of life. The truth is non of us created life and as a result we have no right to take it away from an innocent person.
How can we talk to our children about Racism?
Our children both black and white deserve to better. They deserve to grow up in environments we give equal opportunities. They need to know that we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. They need to know that skin colour does not make one human more superior than the other.
It is our responsibilities as parents that we start real conversations with our children and teach them what is right. Racial conversations should not be a taboo, they should be things we talk about all the time. Our children should be free to ask us questions and we need to be in a position to give them the correct answers. This site has good resources parent can use with their children.
Where do we go from here?
Now is the time to effect real change. It is imperative that all of us both black and white and all races we turn away from prejudice, hate, and all that makes us feel different. I want to see us being able to approach the police without fear if we need to. Nelson Mandela put it right when he said we can all learn to love.
- Talk to our kids about race, racism strive in silence
- Celebrate and acknowledge racial and cultural diversity
- Talk to our kids about differences and celebrate being different colours
- Show compassion for each other
- Educate ourselves about racial intolerance and racial justice
- Be kind to others
- Treat others the way we would want them to treat us
- We need to realise that we are all created in the image of God and we are all human
- Teach our children from a young age about racial harmony
Some reading materials
We all deserve to live in peace, our children deserve peace. We deserve to go back to life but it should be a better one, a life where there is mutual respect for others. Parents need to also educate themselves, find ways to defeat the racial tendencies and all what is wrong in our societies. We need to call out racist tendencies when we witness them. Gone is the time to just stand by and excuse racist actions. We can make our lives better, we better than this. This week has shown me that when we really put our minds and hearts together we can be great. The support and openness in Social media was humbling. It is my hope that we continue to work towards real change.