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I hear it’s better to speak than be silent, join in the discussion in “times like these”.
I really hope the world can ‘learn to love again’ as the song says. I don’t know what I have to offer to the conversation on what’s going on in this crazy world. I was watching a documentary on Netflix, “13th” this is also on www.youtube.com I figured if I’m going to talk about racism, that as a white male I should educate myself.
I will say that yes, there is racism in Canada, as I assume there is around the world. In my city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada it’s not black people that receive the racial injustice so much as aboriginals. I honestly can’t think of a time I acted racist although I’m likely wrong.
I went to public school, I grew up with classmates of all different races. Even as a child a classmate of mine live down the street, so we would get together to play outside in the 1980s. I don’t know what his ethnicity was, since it didn’t matter to me. In technical college I carpooled to school with a classmate who was aboriginal, again no issues. Nice guy, a Big Brother volunteer, a father. I didn’t even think of the colour of someone’s skin, I don’t now, & I don’t truly understand how that makes them any different from any other race. In school my attitude was that were all here for the same reason, we all get along, what’s there to complain about?
I don’t travel, I’ve been outside of Canada once in my life, to Boston in 2007? I don’t travel because I just don’t find travelling that relaxing. I’ve met people from around the world here in Canada. I worked in a hotel in my late teens to early 20s, in the banquets area. People of all different ethnicities, & typically a different ethnic night once a month. Chinese New Year, Greek night, Aboriginal council meetings, weddings, cabarets, Christmas parties, etc. I’ve waited tables, bartended, & have been a busboy for many of these exact events.
High school was full of people with different backgrounds. Never any issues there either. I went to the high school where everybody else my age in the city would just assume my parents or myself were rich. We weren’t rich at all. I got my driver’s license in 1996, I took my parents’ 4 door 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic to go for my test. One backdoor didn’t work and the other backdoor had a good dent & scrape. I didn’t care, it was my first car. I’d drive to school in that, while other kids would drive their brand new VW with their state of the art audio system installed.
I wasn’t rich, but I was privileged. I was born in 1980. This is only my 2nd time that I can remember seeing blatant racism on TV, now & the Rodney King beating, briefly, in the 1990s. I still can’t believe I watched George Floyd get murdered by a police officer while others watched & did nothing. I have family members & friends that are police officers. None of them would do something like that, don’t just assume they’re all bad. Just the same as people of any ethnicity. There are a few bad apples in EVERY group, no matter what race you are.
This was a great conversation Ellen Degeneres had with Van Jones of CNN. Something really good to remember when on social media too. Pease watch all 7 minutes of this clip & hopefully you can learn something from it as I did.
When you see a protester’s sign or hear someone say “Black lives matter” remember that it means “Black lives matter TOO”. Nobodies saying that other lives don’t matter, they’re saying “Why aren’t black people treated the same way?”
We have to start somewhere with change & we have a lot to do racism, climate change, #metoo, Coronavirus, sexist inequality, mass shootings, etc. Might as well start with the task at hand.
Watching that documentary the world really hasn’t changed at all since the 1970s. At least Nixon knew well enough to resign as President.
“Rage Against the Machine” were supposed to reunite this year. The world could likely use a political voice like theirs right now? LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even here in Canada, as I see what’s happening in the USA on TV, I have to agree with Stephen Colbert “Time to #BYOP, Be Your Own President”. I find the current President to be VERY irrelevant.
I wish I could or at least knew how to help. I don’t want to be a guy on the sideline doing nothing. That’s what frustrates me personally, in general & in this situation especially. We ALL HAVE to help each other!
Remember, this isn’t a problem with just the USA, it’s a problem that’s likely EVERYWHERE. My attitude remains the same, “We’re all here for the same reason, & it should be a level playing field for EVERYONE at the start”.
Do yourself a favour & educate yourself by watching the documentary “13th” if you’re in your late teens or older!
After all of that, am I racist? Quite possibly, I’m definitely ignorant when it comes to the subject.
We’re all Global Citizens,