“I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
‘Cause tonight, we can be as one
[Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2]
It’s sad that I am not sad.
It’s horrible that I am not horrified.
I am numb.
But not anymore.
The more I read about this terrorist shooting, the more something started to burn.
Muslims were killed in their place of worship. By a white man.
This is outrageous. This is appalling. This happened to our neighbours.
This has nothing to do with ‘the increasing Muslim presence’ or ‘the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand’ or whatever nonsense is being spouted by politicians.
This is an act of terrorism. Because news flash: terrorism doesn’t have an ethnicity. It attacks people’s rights to express their culture.
Terrorism is rooted in being scared of ‘them’ because they are not like ‘us’. WE NEED TO CHALLENGE THIS THINKING.
These people were targeted at their place of worship. That is meant to be their safe space.
That is meant to be where they pray and give thanks. That is where they count their blessings and celebrate their faith.
To have the audacity to destroy the sanctity of such a holy place is unforgivable.
I am angry.
I am angry that this tragedy has happened to our neighbours.
I am angry that there are those who believe the terrorist was in the right. HE IS NOT.
I am angry that this is what hatred and discrimination has come to.
I am furious that the terrorist is an Australian man. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS.
I am furious that this happened. WE NEED TO DO BETTER.
Now more than ever we need to stand together.
Now more than ever we need to show the power of love and understanding.
Now more than ever we need to reach for kindness rather than hate.
We will remember this.
We will keep the families of these victims in our thoughts and prayers.
We will pray that those who lost their lives are at peace.
We will unite against this senseless hatred and discrimination.
We will remember. We will stand firm.
And we will choose love and compassion over hatred.
No matter what.
For those who can: give https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund or https://www.launchgood.com/project/support_for_the_families__victims_of_the_new_zealand_mosque_shootings?src=NZshooting&utm_source=Homepagebanner&utm_medium=1&utm_campaign=NZShooting#!/
For those who can’t: stand firm. It’s time for us to raise our voices against discrimination, hatred, and racism. Speak, even though your voice shakes. Because apathy and ignorance are lethal.