28/05/2020

the colour bubble

I grew up in a colour bubble. My school was filled with white kids, my community was filled with white neighbours. It was only as I got older that I was exposed to a lot more diversity and cultures. My colour bubble grew. Canada is a very diverse place after all. It was instilled in me since day one that skin colour does not matter and that every person deserves to be treated the same. When I met my boyfriend, I didn’t once think lesser of him because his skin is black. It’s safe to say I grew up in what I like to call the colour bubble, not ever thinking that bad things happen to someone just because they look different. News like Ahmaud or George Floyd are difficult to understand and honestly break my heart. I may not live in the United States but that doesn’t matter. With social media creating a large global community these days, it’s important to raise your voice and stand up for what you care strongly about and think is important. The racism needs to stop, the police brutality needs to stop and we can all do something about it now. I’m sure you’re also sick and tired of waking up and hearing of these tragic stories.

I will continue to speak out about these issues that need attention and drastic change immediately.
How is it possible that George Floyd was killed by the police when he was only a suspect of forgery. Where Dylann Roof murdered nine people and was arrested peacefully. THIS IS RACISM EVERYONE. It shouldn’t take a video to go viral to find justice for these people. Black lives do matter. When will this issue be taken more seriously? When will police officers be educated and trained better?

Here are ways people can step up to fight racism:
1. LISTEN when people of colour talk about racism and white privilege.
2. HONOUR their feelings because it’s not about your own guilt.
3. ASK questions on issues you do not understand. Don’t be narrow minded with your own perspective.
4. STOP stereotyping based on someone’s colour.
5. EDUCATE yourself about racism, listen to the news, read articles.
6. SHARE what you’ve learnt to others who may not know the issues  or not understand yet.
7. CALL OUT other people when they say something racist or wrong and teach them better.
8. SPEAK UP for those who may not have your privilege.

Love,
Dovey






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