Could it be that racism or the abuse of power was the underlying monster behind the ferocious and inhumane killing of George Floyd? As I watched the horrifying footage of how the uniformed Chauvin Derek pressed his knee on the Neck of George Floyd for resisting arrest on the alleged crime of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill, I couldn’t hold my heart from bleeding. Why should this be happening in 2020? For how long is the hate going to last?
The knee on the neck is a metaphor of the society we live in: the white oppressing the black, the black bullying the white, the rich victimizing the poor, the men raping and assaulting the women, the government intimidating the citizens and the Religions in fierce apartheid. For me, Racism, Xenophobia, Religious Discrimination, Socioeconomic Segregation, Gender inequality, Authoritarianism, and Victimization are all from the same mother: Superiority Complex. I can’t get over the words of John C Maxwell that “there are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance”. I hope you remember the First World War? Although I wasn’t there, this was how Paul Keating put it “A war devoid of any virtue. It arose from the quagmire of European tribalism: a complex interplay of nation-state destinies overlaid by notions of cultural superiority peppered with racism”. But for how long are we going to continue this war? This monster has overstayed our biosphere and it’s high time we collectively dealt with it. The brutality geared by hatred and prejudice should no longer be pampered in our society. Why should we feel unequal in the same world history told the story we built together? Why should we use our privilege to subjugate the rights of others? The perpetuation of wicked acts and abduction of human rights under the cloak of religiosity, gender-bias, or racism should be the best definition of illiteracy and ingratitude. What is the essence of being able to read or write when there is no teacher to pass it on or how can one think he is superior to the unlearned fellow when he was only fortunate to have met a teacher?
The end to this illiteracy and ingratitude is for all to understand that Life is a privilege and we need to be grateful for it by not hoarding the luck to ourselves but rather passing the opportunity to others. These words from the bible in 1Corinthians 4:7 best described the literacy to solve this menace “For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” It is time to change our mindset. It is time for the new normal. It is time to love and stop the hate. It is time to take away the knee off the neck.
Men are born equal. Black lives matter.
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