“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
Systematic racism dictates the world we live in. Systematic racism teaches our children that they should give up on life before they even start. Systematic racism entitles police officers to murder black men and women in broad day light with the cameras rolling and get fired instead of being put on Trial. I Can’t Breathe. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a paediatrician but quickly discovered I had a soft heart that couldn’t handle seeing children in pain. Nonetheless, I still wanted to make a difference! I’ve always been told I’m too opinionated for my own good so why not get into Politics. The problem with Politics is that it’s a ‘mans club’ (and before you keyboard warriors tell me we now have females in parliament and female presidents/prime ministers in the world), statistics show that globally women made less than 10 percent of parliamentarians in 2019.
How can a man make policies on a woman’s issue when he has never had to deal with the issues that women have to deal with on a daily basis? I Can’t Breathe. How can a white man make policies on racial issues when the societal system gives him so many privileges because of his whiteness. I Can’t Breathe. How can an old man make policies of education when his education is done and over with, and not only that but most politicians went to private schools so have no clue about the public system that they make policies for. I Can’t Breathe. How can a man make policies on women’s health when he is not a doctor nor a woman. I Can’t Breathe.
We need to make changes! I want to be part of the change. I want to make policies for women because I know what it’s like to have someone take control of their body. I know what it feels like to lose a part of your soul, I know what it feels like to be frightened to walk home alone, I know what it’s like to be in a club and get grouped up on and can’t even accept a drink out of fear of being drugged. I Can’t Breathe.
I want to make policies on race because I know what is like to be discriminated against because of the very colour of my skin, I know what it feels like to fear for your life because white privilege means that your white counterparts do not have to be accountable for their actions. I Can’t Breathe.
What is the point of education when people prefer ignorance? Education needs to work for the masses and not the few, let’s make education practical because it’s alright having degrees but if you cannot put books into practice what are you really gaining? I Can’t Breathe.
How any black lives need to be slain in broad daylight before we start making changes? How many people need to lose their fathers, their sons, their brothers, their mother, their sisters, their daughters? How many videos must we watch before enough is enough? how many people will be fired or put on paid administrative leave before our governments decide that these exercutioners need to be on trial for murder? How many people need to say “I Can’t Breathe” before their voices are heard?
The system needs to be broken down from the inside out otherwise we will forever have stories like Ahmaud, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. Racial violence is not a Western thing or an African matter. It is a global issue black people should not have to fear for their lives they should not have to cower.
“This is not an American issue alone. It is MY issue, it is YOUR issue. it is OUR issue.”
We live in a world where systematic racism is embedded in the very foundations that these countries were built on with white privilege paving the way and if we do not stand up against it we are saying that black lives do not matter. We clothe ourselves in various identities not realising we cultivate the nature of oppression, racism and segregation; why not clothe ourselves in being human. This is not an American issue alone. It is MY issue, it is YOUR issue. it is OUR issue. If I can’t breathe, neither can you for the cycles will forever repeat themselves until we all decide to break the chains.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it” – Martin Luther King Jr