2020 has been a let down for us all. First, you bring us a pandemic, which will probably ruin my wedding day. Second, racism is louder than ever and it is disconcerting. Everyone has been using the hashtag black lives matter. Before the brutal incident of the cop kneeling on a man’s neck racism was visible, it was visible and heartbreaking. I read a blog that my friend from my former job had written and my jaw dropped. I was shocked to hear this happen. I will not go into detail but essentially a customer had asked for his drink to be prepared by his coworker because they were afraid he had covid 19, simply because of his ethnic background and chances are he has worked there longer than his coworker. It’s disheartening that some people judge someone else by their background or their skin color. Have the movies not been enough to teach you to not be racist? 12 Years a Slave was one of the hardest movies I have watched and when I read The Help tears rolled down my cheeks. Did you forget about Hitler too? He slaughtered and murdered thousands and thousands of people because he wanted to create “a clean” race. If you so dare to treat anyone different because of their skin color, then you are no better than Hitler.
I once ordered a package in the mail with my nickname I had Ada Zuba put on the package. A mail carrier delivered it and when I opened the door he said “Oh I thought you’d be black” and I had no idea what to say or think I stood there completely dumbfounded. The man was black however so I did not know if this was a racist comment or not. I said “thanks for the delivery” and that was the end. To this day I am not sure what a better reaction would have been. I did not want to offend him or anyone, so I ignored the comment.
We live in a world where racism has always existed. One day I want to see the world getting along, but it’s hard to see it because some people are just dumb and set in their ways. I want everyone to get along. That’s why I believe the hashtag should be #alllivesmatter because it is not just black people that have been treated this way.
I’ve seen racism happen in Heritage Park, which is supposed to be a family friendly place. A lady wearing a hijab had gone up to the window and said “what a hot it is today”, my coworker turned to her and said “if it’s so hot take off your scarf and you will feel better and you will fit in better” I heard this happen but I was with a customer and as soon as she left I scolded the coworker for saying that to her. My coworker was significantly older than me and I had to teach her a lesson? Are you kidding me? I have never been so embarrassed in my life. I later found the lady while covering lunch breaks for my department and apologized on behalf of my coworker. The lady then said “thank you for saying that because I felt humiliated and hurt, but I just laughed to not make her feel bad.”
We need to remember that all lives matter. This is the bigger picture, we have to try and end racism. It follows us everywhere. Everything we say has an affect on other people. We are Canada, we get people from all over the world to live here and that includes my own parents. I am a first generation Canadian and I do not think that many people are just Canadian. This was the new world, most settlers came from Europe. We were taught this in elementary we know that our ancestors are from all over. I know that’s more about Xenophobia but isn’t that where racism comes from? Let’s get along please. For those of you who are in fact racist and do not think so, let me define it for you: racism is “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.” -dictionary.com.
That’s what racism is. Do not treat anybody different because of their skin color. Do not be afraid of anyone that’s different from you. #alllivesmatter
P.s. I wrote this on my phone so there may be odd autocorrect words. The quote under the flower says: “the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” -Disney’s Mulan