“WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT COLOUR IS NOT A DISTINGUISHING FACTOR, BUT A UNIQUE QUALITY”
AT A TIME LIKE THIS, the safety of one man lies in the authentic words of another. But when these words begin to destroy rather than save, and kill the soul as opposed to healing it, our safety could only become a mere illusion. In a world where the simple is made complex and the complex becomes simplified, a factor as mere as a person’s skin colour is bound to pose either as his greatest regrets, or a reason to testify. Our ability, therefore, to embrace the simple and discard the complex, is in fact, our only saving grace. “WHAT IS THE SIMPLE?”. We must understand that colour is not a distinguishing factor, but a unique quality. Embracing our humanity, irrespective of our varying skin colours, is the simple. Finding a home in the heart of another, irrespective of his race, is the simple. Giving reverence to every life, and standing up for whatever is right, is the simple. Understanding all these, is in fact, the greatest step towards the establishment of social justice. The prevailance of justice holds on to the opinion of the authorities, and clings rather firmly to the unique voice of the masses. The simplification of the complex is our ability to place our gaze on that which is the surface, shutting off our minds on the beauty within. The fight towards social and racial justice begins with the mere decision to connect our hearts and souls to the world, gracefully permitting the failure of one become our failure, and the success of a person become ours too. Looking deeper into social injustice, we find deeply planted in the roots of the world, the sour seed of gender inequality, where the the gender of a person becomes a risk factor and or a death mark. The eradication of this vice, has rather sadly, been saddled on the shoulders of those who care to fight for the rights of their gender, whether male or female. Our ability to connect as one unit, realising that we are all humans, and understanding that the pain of one man, in more ways than we can imagine, is our pain too, is the first step towards our journey of a thousand miles. No matter how long it takes, no matter the hurdles we encounter, that one step would in fact lead us to where we should be. Where we NEED to be, that is, a world where social justice becomes the order of the day, and racial justice becomes the air we breathe.
In Memory Of George Floyd….As Justice Has Been Served…
Written by Ahunna Theresa.