Those riots are really taking the world by storm lately, and of course Corona cases are rising as a result... I've been reading up, but not speaking up on the issue since I don't feel I have a right to say much about it. I'm neither the right race nor in the right place, though I guess I might as well vent my thoughts here, on home ground.
There may be bias. I only have my own perspective after all.
These demonstrations: For some reason they made their way here too, and Corona cases in Stockholm are on a steady increase once again as well. Thousands of people gathered at Sergels Torg last week, even though those who arranged the meet aimed to keep it small, and for all to keep their distance. Fifty people tops.
It turned out a peaceful protest, despite plenty of provocation from the crowd. The police handled it admirably. They kept their distance. They didn't respond.
Is this really what we need in a time of crisis though? People attempting to ignite the seemingly long lost flame of segregation again, and start a race war here too, all in the lieu of patronage with genetically similar brethren from another part of the world? Is focusing on injustices of old really the right way to attain, or even to preserve, the unity we do have today? And is the DNA between us really that different? Is upholding your own race first and foremost now really more important than upholding the value of life, overall? I know there are still probably injustices that need to be squashed, but this is not the way, nor the time, nor the place for it.
Are you really showing you deserve the equality you claim you don't have already like this? Things might be different in the US, but even if we did have the same gaps and ghettos this just doesn't seem like the right way. This makes things worse for all of us. If your vengeance is so important to you that you're willing to drag innocents into your crusade then you're no better than the ones you fight.
Why not pay respect to your elders instead. The people who are now getting sick because of you who choose to join the fray and fight for forgotten causes. They're the ones who are really mistreated these days, and often without the vitality or awareness to take a stand for themselves in our so very rapidly evolving; technologically savvy and clouted social order. Supposedly hospitals here are giving older people morphine instead of oxygen if they can't breath, as a result efficiently killing them, as it further deprives their cells of the oxygen they so clearly need.
D-vitamin deficiency provenly worsens the disease too, so if you happen to have some folks who happen to be black, they might be all the worse off.
I do envy the level of protective pigmentation my comparably sub-par tan never manages, no matter how long the summer, but in this case it's not just a benefit. You're potentially killing the people you claim to fight for.
When we already have a crisis on our hands, and are handling it as best we can (never mind the politicians - they can't handle anything anyway), you go and fan the flames of chaos even more.
And is raising black people to have an understanding that they're oppressed really the right way to amplify their potential as human beings? The right way to get rid of whatever stereotype and oppression may still linger? If you feel oppressed it makes sense you'd act oppressed. If you feel and/or act oppressed you won't feel or act as equals. If you feel oppressed, won't your oppressors also keep on attempting to treat you as what you perceive you are? All of this feels like playing right into their hands.
I'm not saying the problems aren't real, but I don't see how this is the right way to tackle them. I'm relatively privileged and undeniably white, I know it's not my say, but I do believe the world would be a greener lawn if we could all just get along. And it seems that of all ways to get there, this one way of getting there is just wrong. This doesn't build a bond.
Provocation won't ever bring about peace. And won't sacrificing yourselves for the cause then cause even more of a will for it? It's a complex and emotional issue, I understand that, but I really don't understand this way of thinking. Fanning the flames with gasoline.
All lives matter. Stay safe. Solve problems. Make the world a better place.