When I started this blog I made a promise to myself to talk about whatever I wanted to as openly and raw and real as possible. And somewhere in this promise, right at the end actually, I made a promise to myself to talk about everything except race and religion.
For a few reasons
a) I’m not as educated on these topics as I would like to be
b) There’s a bunch of backlash that comes with talking about those two things
c) As much as I believe those are both things that should be talked about, it also tends to divide people and I didn’t want this space to be like that. I wanted to have a space that didn’t have anything to do with either of those topics, a space where none of those things had to matter.
I say this a lot but I truly have grown a lot since I started blogging and there have been things going on for some time now that I’ve continued to ignore on here, for the same three reasons I gave above.
And I can’t do that anymore.
“You cannot be an ally if you shy away from confrontation
If you watch the news or you’ve been on Twitter today, there’s a chance you’ve heard about the terrorist attacks in New Zealand. Earlier today, Brenton Tarrant walked into two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand and proceeded to open fire at the people praying inside the mosques.
So far, there have been 49 killed and 20 seriously injured. The shooter, a 28 year old white man with an 87 page manifesto with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas.
To everyone who blamed his actions on mental illness I say this:
Yes, mental illness causes people to do drastic things. But there is no excusing anyone who think it’s okay to harm others.
— Adria|Chips🌙 (@adriaaapetrov) March 15, 2019
There is no excuse for a racist, radicalized adult who thinks it’s okay to hurt innocent people. And I would just like to clarify that not every terrorist has a mental illness and not every mental illness makes you violent.
He is not mentally ill, he is a terrorist. It is not just an act of violence, it is terrorism. And there is no excuse, there is no fucking excuse for the crimes he has committed.
Terrorism has no religion. No colour. No country.
This is about so much more than just a hashtag. This is about the 49 people who lost their lives today and the 20 others in critical condition. This about the hate directed towards the Muslim community. To those who live in fear, who are not safe in their homes, in their mosques, in their cars and in their schools. Who go about their daily lives petrified, wondering if each day will be their last.
50 million hashtags or tweets or Instagram captions, may spread awareness, but they will only change so much in the long run.
Read the entire thread. And do something about it.
Your hashtag will not save a life, but taking further action just might.
I don’t want this to just be a headline. Big news today, and then nothing tomorrow until the next terrorist attack.
While you’re still horrified by the mosque shooting, I’m going to share something I don’t normally share. Because tomorrow, it won’t be so fresh, and that feeling you have right now, where even a small, kindhearted country like NZ isn’t safe won’t be filling your heart the 1/
— Vianna Goodwin🏳️🌈💜💖💙 (@GoodwinVianna) March 15, 2019
Here are some ways to support New Zealand’s Muslim community