Before we get into this week's Eastern Edge, I think it's important to highlight the movement towards equality that's echoing through our world right now. I know you didn't click on this article to read about social injustice. At this point, you may even be tired of seeing protests on your TV, or social media statements that proclaim solidarity against racism. If that's the case, I don't blame you, but I do hope that you'll bear with me for the next few lines. I understand it can be hard to passionately stand for a movement that doesn't necessarily affect you. It's easy to ignore a problem when you aren't faced with it every day. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
As a kid with brown skin growing up in Canada, I can promise you that racism still exists in our world today. I don't want to waste your time with my personal stories because I'm sure you've seen enough evidence to acknowledge that racism isn't a thing of the past. Instead, I'd like to share a different message. I want you think of a time where you were treated unfairly. Maybe you were accused of something that you didn't do, or maybe you were let go from a job after pouring your heart and soul into it. Regardless of your identity, I believe we've all experienced the feelings associated with inequality and I don't think any of us particularly like those feelings.
But imagine how much easier those situations would have been if someone spoke up for you, how quickly that feeling of worthlessness can turn into appreciation because you know someone is on your side. Well, friends, we now have an opportunity to speak up for our fellow human beings. By supporting this movement, you're not just helping others avoid a feeling of inferiority – you literally have a chance to save lives. A small action from you now can have a huge impact in making the world a better place for future generations. Whether it be exercising your right to vote, signing a petition or educating yourself and those around you about mistreatment of the black community throughout history and even during present times (check out 13th on Netflix if you have the time). No action is too small – every little bit helps. I don't care what your political views are, I don't care about the colour of your skin. If we live in a world where innocent people can be killed by authority figures, I think we all have a responsibility to change that world for the better.