I wanted to take the time to reflect upon the Worldwide George Floyd protests, and the spark of the Black Lives Matter movement again. I decided to hold back on my thoughts, particularly as I did not want to be perceived as insensitive to someones death – especially from the perspective of a critical reflection. Even though there was / is collective anger – the matter is that there is grief for a family, who has now lost a loved one, a family member. The death reiterated the systemic injustices, that are found within policing systems, which are deeply entrenched within systems. Whilst there is much sparked criticism at the Police as a collective whole, there is also a need for the balancing point. To recognize that the police do protect, serve and carry out a job with the knowledge that their life / sacrifice of their own life, comes with the job. Of course there must be diligence for the prevention of death for anyone in the line of duty. But those in the line of duty know their life, or facing possible risks to life may occur. Even as many police department and members have spoken out about the Floyd murder.
those in the line of duty know their life, or facing possible risks to life may occur. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #GeorgeFloydProtestsTweet
As I reflected upon the protests – I am not going to deny that systemic racism does not exist, because it does. But then I wondered was there such a need to cause worldwide / global / International anger? Those who understand that events such as these are carried out as a form of social constructions, in other words, created. Created for a social cause and response. And the Floyd murder has done exactly what the sociological construction intended. One death is always too many. But then I wonder: What about the innocent killings that have taken place globally such as: the conflicts in Palestine – Israel, Gaza, Yemen, Syria, the war in Afghanistan, suicide bombings of Afghanistan, the innocent children who die from pellet firings between India and Pakistan in the Kashmiri conflicts? Furthermore: what about the people of Venezuela / Latin America, who face oppression because of the political crisis’ that are manufactured to created humanitarian crisis’, or the immigration policies at borders, where brutal treatments of child migrants take place at the USA / Mexico borders? Why have issues such as these not created the same worldwide uproar, protests or demand for change?
Created for a social cause and response. #ShaziaBlog #quote #GeorgeFloydProtestsTweet
Palestine – Israel, Gaza, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, … India and Pakistan in the Kashmiri conflicts? … Venezuela / Latin America, … child migrants take place at the USA / Mexico borders? #ShaziaBlog #Quote #GerogeFloydProtestsTweet
This comparison is offered to exemplify my previous thought of “race.” Which race or population segments are deemed worthy of fighting for? I give credit to the thousands of folks, who have stepped up to the plate – to demand change, especially if one’s skin color is not necessarily black per se. But the reasoning is that to find purposeful and meaningful change the minority need the voice of those who can enact change. I, myself do not like to utilize the words white, black, to refer to ones skin color. A person is more than a skin color. But it’s also about attitude. This “them” vs “us.” Such as “white” vs “black.” Minority populations have long held this attitude, and there is a need to understand why such attitudes do exist. But there is also a need to dissolve such attitudes. Now I know that it is easier said than done. Because it takes guts to reach out to one who would be deemed as the “other.” However, as we live in a world where there are so many beautiful colors, interwoven to create the very fabric of society, we instead turn to black and white, to retreat to what is felt comfortable.
there are so many beautiful colors, interwoven to create the very fabric of society, #ShaziaBlog #Quote #GeorgeFloydProtestsTweet
We can look deeper to understand how our evolution and the ancient human desire to survive is working within ones cognitions. It’s how our ancestors were taught to survive. The human species almost always gather where they can find similarities. In other words – to form tribes of the same. But even if we were to gather in tribes, we would not be able to learn, or gain from mutual exchanges and so on, from one to another. Just like what we see at present day, in the form of International trades, services, and communications that occurs as a worldwide effort.
ancient human desire to survive is working within ones cognitions. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #Cognition #Education #GeorgeFloydProtestsTweet
So what I am asking is that: Do you think that the worldwide Floyd protests were a waste of time? When violence occurs on a daily basis. As someone dies, someone is birthed. Maybe the protests are also a form of retreat. Scaling back to what feels comfortable, or even politically inclined, backed and funded by particular political affiliations. We are questioned to think how such protests have retreated back to the dichotomy of Black and White, induced violence and have caused more hate. What about the many other shades of skin color? Or the homeless? Who still remain homeless……….
induced violence and have caused more hate. #ShaziaBlog #quote #GeorgeFloydProtestsTweet
It is with these thoughts I hope that resolutions can be found in the form of unification, and uniting a nation.
It is with these thoughts I hope that resolutions can be found in the form of unification, and uniting a nation. #ShaziaBlog #quote #GeorgeFloydProtests #GeorgeFloydHoax #Politics #EducationTweet
- NRP | Lincoln’s Evolving Thoughts On Slavery, And Freedom
- CNN Live | Black Lives Matter Protests
- Blog Post | George Floyd Protests
- Blog Post | REFLECTION: THE PROTESTS.
- Love And Honor | George Floyd
Notes – These thoughts were originally hand-written on June 10th 2020.
Image 1 – Credit | Unsplash.com | Scarfs, Teotitlán del valle, oaxaca, méxico
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