“Purple Heart at Ambleside Landing” Photo DS (artist of heart unknown)
As we have seen, there is nothing ‘usual’ about the times we are living in of pandemic and protests.
First, I would like to commend your compassion in offering a tribute for George Floyd and your courage in writing your own story with vulnerability; something that sociologist Brene Brown highly recommends as the key to strong leadership.
Second, I would like to offer this heart photo I took near the Ferry Building Gallery last week to you to aid in your coping with experiences of racism. Perhaps it could be from all of us in our writing group.
Next I send you a link to the recent interview with Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan expressing his love and his concerns for Canada and saying that this is a hundred years since the Komagata Maru military action and now he is now the head of that military.
Harjit Sajjan Minister of Defense for Canada on Racism
I was also thinking of how similar these extremes of racism are to the horrors of bullying and that they are part of the same scourge in our society, our country, the whole world and even our own hearts. This is the human condition in its self-centered state; the opposite of love and compassion for our neighbour. I thought of Amanda Todd and how it is akin to cyberbullying.
Racism can lead to murder like with George Floyd and countless others but also to suicide. In all of its forms it is destructive to humans and to all of society.
Yet, racism can be systemic. One Missouri woman has succeeded in getting Merriam-Webster to change its definition to include this.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is advocating for reform in Long Term Care after the military called on to look after patients provides a shocking report on conditions. This is ageism taken to the nth degree.
The pledge that Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix made about “Different Together” interests me and I will be discussing it with our own Issues and Advocacy group about giving a series on cultural learning from material I studied in my seminary courses for diverse students.
Artists have often advocated for justice using their images and their words. Banksy has exhibited his art honouring the life of George Floyd
On and the protests go. First Nations pipeline protests were cut short by the coronaviris pandemic. They are back along with Black Life Matters with new assault allegations on women and on men.
I could go on with a sports woman in Papua New Guinea being assaulted by her partner, a woman being sexually assaulted in Vancouver and the #MeToo Movement and #ChurchToo Movement. Two Asian seniors in Vancouver have been knocked down on the sidewalk one from racism and the other from ageism.
All of our society needs a reset. We need a reset. Banksy says it’s a white problem that whites have to solve. It is true but also prejudice is rampant in every continent based on race, class, gender; anything people can think of. It is about the use of power. Is it a government problem, a societal problem or a problem with our own attitudes and lack of the knowledge and the will to navigate difference as adults? Children begin with no prejudice. It is taught, or not.