A Painful Reality

 

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If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

(The Merchant of Venice 3.1 – William Shakespeare)

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What must it feel like to live in the US under the constant threat that you may be picked up for a crime you did not commit, may be arrested, ostensibly for some misdemeanour when in reality it’s because your skin colour is the wrong shade, in a police authority’s estimation?

What must it be like to live in fear, wondering whether your child will come home safely from school, or the shops, or from playing with his friends?

What must it feel like to live with the reality that one day the murder statistics could include your partner, or loved one, simply because of the colour of their skin?

What must it be like?

What must it feel like to turn on the TV again, and again, and again, see footage and hear media reports, which clearly indicate: Black lives do not matter?

What must it feel like to hear on the grapevine, or be told point blank “Black lives don’t matter”?

I sympathise with Shylock in the Merchant of Venice (see quote above). I can just imagine how he must have felt!

When did race, or skin colour become a passport for living, for staying alive, for being able to go about your day-to-day business, for being afforded the civil liberty of innocence, until proven guilty?

When did skin colour (and not the blood that runs through one’s veins), become the thing that determines whether or not you are a human being? I refer to the recent, merciless killing of George Floyd.

It is sad, in fact, reprehensible, when those who are given the authority to uphold the law thinks it is in order to flout it, to take that law into their own hands, to even outright break the law! And not only break the laws of the land, break the law they are paid to uphold, but also break the unspoken laws of compassion, decency and moral rectitude.

Well “they” are certainly not getting away with it this time. The people have spoken. Uproar reigns, not just in the US but also in the UK.

Black lives don’t matter? Think again. Black lives do matter!

Black lives may not matter to the police community. Black lives may not matter to the political echelons. Black lives may not matter to the likes of Donald Trump. Black lives may not matter to the likes of his redneck supporters. Black lives may not matter to those who feel not one iota of compassion because I’m white and I’m alright Jack!

But Black lives do matter to the hundreds, even thousands of people whose skin colour matches those of the men and woman who have lost their lives at the hands of racist police.

Black lives do matter to the hearts of those who recognise that it is the blood that runs through our veins, not the colour of our skins, which make us human. Black lives do matter to the hundreds and thousands of protestors that are making their voice and outrage heard in loud, unmistakeable tones.

Black lives do matter to the God above who sees and hears and knows all. To the One who created those individuals and sustained their Black lives until it was deliberately and prematurely taken. May they rest in peace!

And one day, those who lynched, or shot or kneeled upon, or used unnecessary violence to enforce their authority and demonstrate their power, and used it with the sole intention of expressing their hatred and snuffing out those Black lives, will have to give an account to their Maker.

What excuse or justification will you give, oh mighty white one, oh despicable racist? What excuse will you give?

And how will you feel when the measure of mercy you showed to those Black lives, will be the measure of mercy you receive when you are pronounced “guilty” and tossed into the fiery realms of hell along with your infernal conspirator, Satan?—or perhaps you refer to him as “Old Nick”!

Will you realise then, when it’s too late that every life matters, including Black lives?

Black lives matter!

©Carol Hind

A Disgusted Citizen of this World & Joint-Owner of a Black Life

For further reading:

One article from an expert’s viewpoint

Two first-hand accounts of experiencing racial prejudice, written by myself and, another blogger (Efua):

Three suggestions on how you may help:

1. Increase your awareness

Video: (1.26mins)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/359117277

2. Offer practical support

3. Spread the word!

 

Were you touched by this post? Are you concerned about racial oppression and injustice?

Share your thoughts in a comment box below. Please don’t just read this post. Kindly share it with all your social media contacts and consider what small thing you can do to spread awareness and change this pernicious feature of our society.

Thank you.

 

20 thoughts on “A Painful Reality

  1. Hi Carol, words can’t described the emotion of your feelings! What a beautiful truth as we all are ONE! And I hope we all understand that very quickly! Lot’s of love, Luz x

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    1. Dear Luz,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my post and leave me your precious comment, which I really do appreciate.
      So glad you were touched and agree with your sentiment. 😃💖

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  2. Sherileen Lambert 05/06/2020 — 8:51 pm

    Dear Aunty C

    Thankyou for posting what is truly an inspiring blog to read. May I add, I read it twice!

    Please continue to use your gift and penmanship to create content that is thought provoking and sincere.

    Love. Sheri😘

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    1. Dear Sheri,
      Thank you so much for reading (twice!) and for taking the time to leave me your comment. I appreciate you taking the time to engage with me and for your positive and encouraging response.

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  3. CAROL!!! I know you can’t see me but I am giving you a standing ovation in my heart and spirit my friend!! YES — black lives DO matter. ALL lives matter! The amount of melanin in a person’s skin has ZERO to do with any part of their value or character. It is our diversity that makes us so incredibly beautiful! A masterpiece of colors completing the most perfect puzzle. I feel your anger and it makes me angry too!

    I am not only deeply touched by your post but I am SO proud of you for writing your heart. I echo your words and your sentiments. No person anywhere, at any time, should fear for their lives because their skin color isn’t ‘right.’ I have tears welling up in my eyes even now thinking of injustices and pure hatred running rampant. Tears that overflow listening to the testimonies from people who have to console their children scared about what awaits them when they leave their homes. Tears that feel the overwhelming pain of PEOPLE who deserve nothing but love and respect. I feel the pain of Holy Spirit grieving as He sees His precious children of every race and background hurt and abused. OH GOD! HAVE MERCY!

    Bless you my sweet sister, Carol. I love you and am proud of you for writing this. What an inspirational piece that I will be sharing! ♥ May the Lord remind us all of our worth, our dignity and our identity IN HIM, even when others fail to see it for themselves. 😥

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    1. Holly – thank you, thank you, thank you!
      I spent practically all day drafting and editing this post. I felt deeply affected by this recent killing and thought it so important to say, or do something. So your response and the response of others (not everyone has chosen to leave their comment below), has been both rewarding and humbling. Again, thank you.
      Yes. I believe God has been grieved, is being grieved afresh and will continue to have cause to grieve unless things change. And obviously the Black community feels much aggrieved and is frequently having to deal with a fresh bout of grief, when one of our own loses their life under such diabolical circumstances.
      You mention my anger. I do feel a sense of outrage regarding the mounting number of lives lost unnecessarily, at the hands of police brutality and racism. And I do feel a sense of grief for the ones who’ve died, but I hope that the main thing which comes across in my post, is my empathy and pain for the African-American’s reality of life, for the families and loved ones left behind after such heinous killings, my desire to identify with them and my concern for this ongoing saga, particularly in the face of the US/UK’s failure to pursue meaningful justice.
      Thanks once again Holly, for reading my post and engaging with its content. Appreciated, as always! 

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  4. Very well said!

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    1. Thank you Efua. I appreciate you reading and engaging with my post.

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  5. Such a vital issue for our times. Thank you for voicing these feelings, it’s powerful.

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    1. Thank you so much h Caroline. I appreciate you reading, engaging and leaving your encouraging comment.

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  6. “Your skin color is the wrong shade” 😭😭
    You are really provoking emotions here…
    This is proud and emotional. Thank you

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    1. Thank you Zamadlomo. I appreciate your feedback and it is good to hear that my writing has touched you.

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      1. Too much and thanks for the great work 🌹

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  7. Thank you for this. ☺

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    1. You are welcome!
      Thank you for reading. I do appreciate that.😃

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  8. This is heartfelt writing. The reality you paint at the start is harsh and we are glad as the global community that it has been brought to light so publicly now. So that no other black person has to endure this, to worry about their loved ones being out late, to wonder if they’ll be next. Black Lives certainly DO Matter.

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    1. Thank you dear blogger for reading and stopping to engage with me and leave your comment. It is most appreciated.
      And thank you for your complimentary acknowledgement of my writing.
      Your comment and support is also appreciated.

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  9. Well said! I like the quotation from shakespeare. It is very relevant today. Our lives matter to God. Praise the Lord.

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    1. Hello Beverley,
      So nice to see you here. Welcome! 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading my post and taking the time to engage with me about it. Much appreciated!
      Yes, our lives certainly do matter to God!

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