Over the past few weeks the USA and the rest of the world have been protesting about how black people are treated in our society. As a society, we ignore the ugly truths and think everything is sunshine and rainbows. Sadly, the societal divide between races has been a long outstanding issue.
As a matter of fact, the Prophet of Islam – Muhammad (peace be upon him) – addressed the issue in his ‘final sermon’:
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor does a black have any superiority over a white except by piety and good action.” The meaning is very literal, the skin colour of a person does not make one person ‘above’ another.
In modern society, although we have laws to protect the minority communities – racism still exists. Many groups exist in today’s day and age which hold racist sentiments, whether that is the KKK, English Defence League or Scottish Defence League. We as individuals have to put the message out that racism is wrong and will not be tolerated.
The sad fact about the death of George Floyd specifically, is that there was a crowd – people were filming him rather than helping him. Have we really become that desensitised to murder/death that rather than speak up against it and stand against the so-called protectors of our communities we stand and film a fellow human suffocating?
Closer to home, Shukri Abdi. A young black girl, about 12 years old died after last being seen in the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester. She was a young refugee who passed away in June 2019. No real in depth investigation was carried out, however, for Madeleine McCann a young white girl who went missing abroad – there has been £11 million spent on her investigation.
In one situation, a young black girl drowned and in the other a young white girl went missing abroad. The matter is not of age but the question arises why was the same importance not given to Shukri Abdi? Why did thousands of people have to get together and sign a petition for the Mayor of Greater Manchester to finally agree to at least “look into the case”? Is this equality?
As humans we need to do better. We need to hold the protectors of our communities accountable for their actions. There is a need for thorough investigations to take place when certain incidents take place. Mindsets need to change, more conversations need to happen and this won’t change over night – hence why we need to keep this conversation going until real change is achieved.
It was amazing to see many people from my own network/social medias and many companies taking part in #blackouttuesday – where we all uploaded a black square to say it loud and clear: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
The image below is something I came across online,and I thought I would share it here:
By Madni Tahir