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Covid-19 Could Not Teach Us The Biggest Lesson, Anti-Racism.

ANTI-RACISM | COVID-19 | BLACK LIVES MATTER | GEORGE FLOYD

Over seven million people got affected by Covid-19, can you tell me who from them are of colors?

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion” — Nelson Mandela.

When Covid-19 first appeared, I was kind of happy to see some irresistible changes in the world. Yes, I am not overlooking the casualties it cost to humanity, the sadness it imposed, and not even the stagnancy of the lives. Deep in my heart, I had a belief that when Covid-19 leaves us, it is going to leave us as a united humanity. People will be closer to one another and show kindness to each other. Little did I know, that I was soon going to be proven wrong.

Back in March, when lockdown started, I got an opportunity to spend time with Netflix and family. I regularly followed the news and felt joy when people all over the world were making a cohesive effort to fight a common enemy. In a very short time, people understood that they need to act responsibly to save one another, especially the closer one. Surprisingly, soon we realized that humans are actually social creatures! Get to Facebook or Instagram, I saw people sharing good thoughts, entertaining one another, and distinctively stay connected. With such a level of unity, I could vouch that the world is going to reset from Covid-19 for a greater good of mankind. But the worst was yet to come.

On May 25th, another monster appeared, racism. By the way, this monster was always around us, but lately appeared by slaying a victim in the name of George Floyd. Amidst Covid-19, this event was the least expected, given that people were vulnerable from inside. But demons are tough to be caged, especially the demons of the hearts. The whole world erupted into a debate to prove what is right and wrong, but forgot the message that Covid-19 was trying to teach us for so long, the unity.

I wonder what makes us differentiate people in terms of colors. Did we choose our colors? This is something decided by God that has minimal significance in the course of life. It is utterly vicious to undermine someone based on race, color, and ethnicity. This is a shameful display of arrogance, ignorance, and narrow-mindedness. The point that this kind of people wants to prove is nothing but the stupidity of their low-level IQ. “I can’t breathe’ — this phrase resonates with George Floyd, but what he tried to convey was the lifelessness of the people, not only black.

Millions of people all over the world is a victim of racism. Racism of gender, language, religion, education are a few to speak about, but all of them do not turn to movements! Can we pick the people of colors from the seven million people who got infected by the deadly virus? Did blacks die more than whites? Trust me, Covid-19 is more humane than us. At least, it did not differentiate based on race.

I am an optimistic person. I still see some ray of hope from the human race as I see that people are still strong enough to call movements on such issues all over the world in the middle of such risky environments. This shows that our hearts have still not completely darkened. Honestly, I expected a better narrative from this pandemic. A narrative where people would come close to one another and perpetuated empathy. Alas, I still see this far-fetched. But one thing that keeps us alive is HOPE. And I am not going to lose that, neither should you.

“ALL LIVES MATTER!”

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Cheers to Life!


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