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Over this last week, fifty lives were taken from this world in an act of terrorism against OUR Muslim communities. Many people in OUR communities have been affected and many people in OUR communities still grieve. May the lives of those surrendered live on
OUR Muslim communities. OUR Christchurch. OUR people. OUR New Zealand. Over the past week, the use of phrases with “they” and “us” and “this is not us” have not sat right with me. Using these words in this way perpetuates the undertone of discrimination, racism and deniability of such white supremacy ideologies. Ideologies that have persisted in our New Zealand for far too long. If you don’t agree with this, are offended, don’t quite understand what I’ve said or feel a certain way that you cannot describe… I encourage you to truly embrace this feeling and take the time to reflect on it. This discomfort may resonate with you or it may challenge you… However it feels, this discomfort is too often experienced in our communities everyday by non-white and/or non-New Zealand born people.
Today I read an excerpt of a powerful speech, “…their blood has watered the seeds of hope” - Imam Gamal Fouda. What a powerful metaphor, and one I hope New Zealand and the rest of the world can draw upon. Because no-one should have to die, for us to realise that we need to make a change - whether this relates to human rights, firearm policy, or any other social issue. But from this tragedy, MUST COME CHANGE. We are all in this together. So next time you see or hear any form of hatred, please put an end to it. Let’s break the pyramid of white supremacy fuelled by its constant whispers and normalisation in our society - whether it’s indifference, minimising behaviour, veiled racism, discrimination… Change not only starts with us, but it ends with us. And remember that there is a difference between freedom of speech and hate speech, let’s not blur these lines.
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