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Shaadaab S Bakht: Colour of prejudice is black
June 21, 2015
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The colour of prejudice is black. Nine people were shot dead on Wednesday night inside a church by 21-year-old Dylann Roof in Shelby, North Carolina, United States. They were praying when they were killed.

Well, we can’t really say that even He is angry with the coloured.

Again, not many months ago a 50-year-old man, Walter Lamer Scott, was shot at eight times, repeat eight times, by police officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, United States. Scott couldn’t have been alive after that. And he wasn’t. But he had the right to.

Before that last year Michael Brown, aged 18, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St Louis.

On all the three painful occasions the victims were blacks and those who opened fire were whites. Coincidence? That’s gobbledegook. The truth is that the killings were demonstrative of sheer prejudice. A settled bias.

“To forgive someone who has killed your own blood needs a heart bigger than the entire world that consists of non-black imperious people.”
But the blacks’ ethical generosity should make the world that prides itself in its complexion hang its head in shame. On Friday as Roof, charged with murdering the nine people, stood silent during a court hearing relatives of the slain worshippers addressed him one by one, offering tearful words of grief and forgiveness.

“May God have mercy on your (Roof’s) soul,” said Felicia Sanders, whose 26-year-old son, Tywanza Sanders, was the youngest person to die in Wednesday’s rampage. “You have killed some of the most beautiful people that I know. Every fibre in my body hurts.”

Yes, Sanders you are right. I wonder what fibre makes up the fabric that makes up your lovely self. To forgive someone who has killed your own blood needs a heart bigger than the entire world that consists of non-black imperious people. And to do it even before the families have fully completed their reluctant journey to the grounds where lie all their ancestors borders on the saintly.

Sanders, they have forgotten what I heard years ago and I am going to repeat that once more. There was no talk of pigment in the Original blueprint. Yet, we assumed we could distort that divine plan. Uncalled for bloody wars are being fought over colour.

But that should not be surprising if you consider the fact that our great traverse started with a mistake.

Roof showed no emotion as Sanders and four other family members of the victims spoke of how he had been welcomed into the church by the nine people he has been charged with slaying.

President Barack Obama, who personally knew the pastor of the church, expressed sorrow and anger the morning after the gunman fatally shot the nine people. He said it’s time for the nation to “reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries.

“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” Obama said on Thursday. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.”

“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said, joined at the podium by an ashen-faced Vice President Joe Biden.

It wouldn’t be out of place to mention that so strongly he feels about the recurrent tragedies, and rightly so, that in 2012 he said it could have been he instead of Trayvon Martin. Police officer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school student, in Sanford, Florida.

Obama’s words “in part” are the operative terms. The other part is what we have been discussing. Well, the US is no doubt an advanced country and spectacular in a huge number of ways. The world doesn’t literally copy the Americans for nothing. But somewhere down the line the Americans forgot that reaching for the moon was as important as looking after the ones on the earth. They also forgot that morality and progress are children of the same parents. And if they don’t make up for that bit of amnesia then the children are likely to face charges of illegitimacy.
 
 
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