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I feel obliged to write this post simply because I am human and simply because I need to express my feelings. The media is awash with controversial viewpoints regarding immigration, it is rife with photographs of refugees packed into small dingys willing to survive and it is overshadowed by views of racist, immoral and troubled individuals. This topic is one I felt reluctant to write about as it evokes numerous, sometimes unbearable feelings in people. Expressing your views invites others to argue, disect and push you to limits you never knew existed. I have found that you must have a strong will to be able to handle the backlash.
I will be as open and honest in my thoughts if not just to raise awareness.
I arrived home from work yesterday to a photograph engulfing the media showing the dead body of a toddler washed up on a beach. A beach may I add, which shouldve been the setting for happy childhood memories, a place where children play. In all honesty I could’ve cried but I didnt. My feelings were surprisingly that of shame. In a world where footballers get paid tens of thousands a week, where arms and oil feed the greedy and children just simply end up dead on our worlds beautiful beaches, how can we not be ashamed.
I refuse to comment on “immigration” as a whole but instead throw my thoughts towards the thousands of my fellow human beings who are being killed, tortured and subjected to treatment I only believed existed in the movies. My world becomes a little darker.
I am constantly exposed to many people’s social media rants about “spongers”, “scroungers”, “how dare they come into OUR country”, “foreign scum” and so on! You get the picture. Unfortunately these people are sometimes people I know. My reaction everytime is that of utter sympathy for such ignorant and ill wishing individuals. I have also resigned to the fact that I cannot even find the resilience to respond anymore.
My point is, that as a race, we humans inhabit a beautiful, thriving, life sustaining planet yet all we choose to do is destroy it. We are separated by pigmentation, we are individuals because we come from our earths different and beautiful countries, something to take pride in. We share histories, culture, religion and art yet day by day we destroy the very essence of why we exist. The day will come where we may have to stand as one (Human) race and I shudder to believe that we can.
What has happened to simple humanity? What gives another the right to choose for you. Choose your thoughts, expose your children to racism and ignorance. In death, would you not want to leave a legacy to be proud of, leave your children in a world where they won’t be mistreated?
My world darkened a little more today whilst hearing that our prime minister believes “Britain is a moral nation”. The sadness I feel is simply because the only people we will end up harming are our children. We are not a moral nation if the majority of this ‘great’ nation believe in white supremacy and dividing our world, yet are happy to eat the cuisines, holiday in the destinations, be treated by foreign doctors and even be “ok” with the local corner shop man. He’s ok you see because he’s been here for years!
If a child is dead on a beach after fleeing a country he may be killed in then it is our duty as humans to help and save. What if that was your child? I don’t profess to being all knowledgeable in political agendas but I am a human who would not turn my back on fellow human suffering.
If we cannot come together as a race and look after eachother, what is the point?
My thoughts will always stay with those who are suffering and I will look at you as human and not as a colour when I offer myself in salavation.
Humanity’s crisis is that humanity is failing humanity!