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Black Lives Matter – And A Loss For Words

Black Lives Matter – And A Loss For Words

By Susan Williams

I have watched the protests around the world that were triggered from the completely senseless killing of George Floyd. And as much as these outcries are about about George Floyd, I have learned, it is really about so much more.

It’s about the ongoing fear and anguish of living life as black person and coping with the inequality and injustice this brings. It’s about black parents continually being concerned for their children’s safety whenever they leave the house. It’s about the lack of opportunities for education, jobs and equal pay. It’s about feeling that your voice and life doesn’t matter to the politicians or the systems that are supposed to support you. It’s about feeling that you are not given the same level of respect as everyone else.

So this past week, I have been at a loss for words as what to say.

I wanted to say something to support the black lives matter movement but could not seem to be able to find my voice. Possibly it’s because I feel guilty. By all accounts, I have experienced and continue to live a life of white privilege. I have not been stopped from doing anything or felt any fear due to the colour of my skin. So I didn’t want to say something about what I really knew nothing about.

But I also couldn’t stay silent. 

I decided I could say this;

  • I believe that all people are and should be treated equally. No race, gender, age, religion, ability or anything else should be judged differently from anyone else.
  • I will speak up when I see injustice. As is often said, I am part of the problem if I don’t call out any form of prejudice or racism wherever and whenever I may see it.
  • I will give my votes and support to those political parties that also believe in equality for all. It’s our vote that will ultimately speak the loudest and insist on fundamental changes.

And as Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying;

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

My deepest hope is that one day, I won’t be at a loss for words. I would like to believe that I will live in a time when this is not something we need to talk about.

Which means that no words will then be necessary.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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