‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
- (Edmund Burke)
It is difficult to understand what makes another human being want to hurt another. It is difficult to understand those who think they are better than others.
We’ve all, I’m sure, seen or experienced bullying on a small scale in our lives and can perhaps have some insight into that. You’ve witnessed the classmate who ridicules, the playground kid who pushes, the ‘friend’ who undermines, the workmate who lies.
We speculate that it’s their own lack of self-esteem, their own undermined self-worth that causes this acting out, perhaps something in their childhood or simple jealousy. On a worldwide political platform we can look West and East and see world ‘leaders’ who have clearly been borne from the bullying mould.
If you’ve been bullied you may eventually come to terms with it and come to accept that it’s about the other person, not you. That will not diminish the pain you have experienced and the emotional scarring that it has left you with. It was not about you and yet you were made a victim for no reason whatsoever. Unless you have been bullied you will never understand how hurtful and isolating that was. It’s not the same as racial bullying though, racism is overt and undeniable.
In the moment that bullying situations occur it can be hard, often impossible to react, it is so left-field and unexpected that sometimes it leaves you shocked and by the time you have fully processed and recognised it for what it is, the moment has passed. We can all WAKE UP and be alert to recognise and ready to call out racism though.
What makes a ‘supremacist?’ and what makes a ‘racist?’, are these people bullies too, or are they ignorant or evil, or a combination of all of these things? It is impossible to understand.
It is disgusting to have to acknowledge that these people and their warped beliefs are part of our society. Too many of us are standing back quietly and allowing this evil to triumph.
I will never know what it is like to be racially discriminated against, I am white and privileged. The pain, hurt and isolation that racial discrimination causes is indescribable. I will never know that pain but I can speak out and try to stop it.
Talk to your children, to your friends, to your family. I have started these conversations with my own family and they must continue. Listen to and read the hard stories. Acknowledge that racism is not something that is a problem somewhere else, it festers in our society, in our community, in our neighbourhood. It is in my society, my community, my neighbourhood.
STOP doing nothing and use your voice. ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
Note: To be 100% clear, I am writing this to voice my support for the Black Lives Matter movement.