I’m currently at the other end of the state to where I usually am, visiting my sister and newest niece.
My own children would have liked to come with me, especially the youngest. He adores babies; we (he) often stop prams simply by attending in front of them to talk to ANYBODY’S baby. So to have one of our own is a big deal…and she’s gorgeous!
Tuesday morning on the way to school and daycare, I reminded him that I was going on the plane that evening.
“Can I come, please?”
“Not this time, I’m sorry. It’s pretty expensive to go on the plane and we don’t have that much money. Everyone would have liked to come.”
🤔 “Do you have money for YOU to go on the plane?”
“Well, my ticket has been paid and so jowett I have no money. Luckily though, when I get there, Grandma and Aunty will feed me.”
🤔🤔😕 “Do you mean like Aunty feeds the baby?”
“No. Maybe a sandwich.”
“I didn’t think it was right but I had to see if it was like that.”
I watch this movie in horror and disgust and admiration. Horror that anyone calling themselves human could possibly treat another in such a way; disgust at those of ‘my’ race who could do so or stand by; admiration for those brave, mistreated people who survived and those who were brave enough to stand up and say stop.
I cannot leave the volume at one level and so I raise and lower the sounds I hear. I lean close for the words, those of courage and determination. Down to almost mute in anticipation of the violence.
I am sickened by the acts that are shown in only this two hour period. If this is the case in this short a time, how disgusting then the years of reality? I cannot bear to think about it, yet I force myself to continue to watch because I know this example is one of many. I know similar action and inaction have happened in my country, my state.
I watch because I want to feel horrified and disgusted at what people have done. I want to remember it. I want force myself to acknowledge that these atrocities happen still and will keep on while people like me stay silent.
I watch this vitriol and violence against human beings because I am afraid that sometime past, I believe without intent, I have been racist or otherwise treated one less than another, less than myself. If I have, I will not anymore.
I will not stand idly by. I will be aware. I will speak up for injustice. Even if I am afraid. I will.
Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, an undeniable fact that what is true and right, is true and right for all. White and black alike. Mr Bass – 12 Years A Slave.