no one is born racist, racism is taught

esther atosha
Posted June 15, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

This year is a year with its exclusive features. 10 years later; the day I will be ask about year 2020, I would first breath, take a cup of coffee and sit on a sofa because this year has a lot of surprising things. Would I first talk about COVID-19 which has globally touched the world? Or would I talk about racism that still exists in 2020?

And if I’m asked regarding GEORGE Floyd, I would answer that he is an American who was killed by his own American brothers, the unique sin was because he had frizzy hair, thick lips, flat nose , and a "black" body dye.

I would tell them that police officers with bad intentions led his head down on the ground.

Face down; knees on his neck, George called his mother who died 2 years ago on the same day

They did nothing

He begged for his life,

He begged for water,

He begged for pity,

They did nothing.

His nose was bleeding,

His body was shaking

He lost control of his bladder

They did nothing

He shouted, "Officer I can't breathe»

They did nothing

Twelve more times he shouted "officer I can't breathe"

They did nothing

One last time he gasped "officer I can't breathe"

They did nothing

He lost consciousness

Deprived of oxygen,

His brain crumpled

He ran out of his blood,

A slow death,

Still, they did nothing

An adult man, crying for the woman who gave him life, as he feared to join her, he feared  to leave his wife and  his daughter,

Still they did nothing.

It’s really sad to see that racism still persists in 2020. We found it out just because there was a camera recording. What about those place where racism is done and  there is no yet camera to record?how many people have been killed out of the camera?

Black, white, yellow, red or other race; we are all the same. There is no a race that have black, white, yellow …blood color, we all have red colored blood. No one race has an extra head than others, an extra nose than others or an extra heart than other; we all belong to a HUMAN RACE

No one is born racist, it the society that teaches us racism.

Black people outside Africa always face words like, "Which African country are you from? » “You’re beautiful for a black girl (you’re handsome for a black guy)”, “fist time for black men/women to…." “Black women/men that has...” ….  These are indirect way promote racism.

There is a lot going on around the world and a lot that need to be done before we can class ourselves as equals. But I am proud because technology has helped us to bring the matter on the table .am proud of this community that unit together all over the world. People from different age group, religions, race, ethnicity, backgrounds’ that are coming together to raise awareness to Rid racism evil. With such support, strength and unity, there is hope for the future.

#fightforraceequality

#blacklivesmatter

#blacklivesmatter

This story was submitted in response to Black Lives Matter.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 15
Jun 15

Hello Dear Esther,

How are you and your family doing, dear? Thanks for raising your voice about this issue, and sharing some beautiful photos, too. I started wondering if I had done that in the past, asking black people where they came from. I don't recall doing that but I do ask a lot of people what their heritage is because I'm always fascinated by mixed races. I hope that it hasn't been offensive to anyone, but it does make me think even more about it, which is a good thing.

I hope you and your family are safe and well, dear.

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

hello dear jill !
am doing well, i hope you are doing well too.
thank you so much for this insightful comment . we all ask people where they come from .the bad think is when people ask origins willing to mortify other ,or tyring to show that they are better than other.

Jill Langhus
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hello Love,

Great to hear:-) Yes, I'm doing well, thanks.

You're very welcome. Yeah, I hear you. Definitely on judging and prejudice.

Hope you have a good weekend.

XX

Beth Lacey
Jun 16
Jun 16

Yes, technology is connecting us. Hopefully it will make us stronger and we will finally see the change we need

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

yes dear beth!

Shirin Dalaki
Jun 16
Jun 16

Dear Esther,

I love the pictures and the story you posted. It is heart beaking...isn't it? I mean...who would have thought that we were going to have the race conversation in year 2020 or witness a police murder in a day light on the street in America...this is so embarresing because we could do so much more and yet this is what we are witnessing. I am gratedul the awareness you share and the hope for the future that the color of skin is just a color and nothing else. Everybody has some kind of color on their skin and to be cruel to each other based on the color of skin is so shallow and unhumane.

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

Dear Shirin!
you said it all. thank you for your insightful comment .
i hope you're doing well .

Chi8629
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hello Beautiful queen .
Hope you are doing good?
We love you so much.
Thank you for sharing.

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

hi beautiful queen
am good , you to i hope.
sending love to you

Kamariza Byinshi
Jun 18
Jun 18

bonjour chère Esther,
je suis vraiment touchée par ce message qui n'est autre que vérité,ça fait tellement mal d’être jugé par ta personnalité a la que t'as même pas contribue pour être ce que tu es aujourd'hui donc tu n es pour rien mais le pouvoir que nous avons c'est de faire de notre différence une unité

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

chere Kamariza
merci pour le commentaire. raison pour laquelle nous devons promouvoir l'unite des races . j'espere que tu vas bien!

Kamariza Byinshi
Jun 29
Jun 29

je vais bien

BABARA ACHU
Jun 18
Jun 18

hi Esther
thanks for sharing your story. is indeed a touching situation in the world today. but racism is been practice everywhere even in our local communities where parents deprive their children from getting married to their partners simple becuase there are not from the same tribal origin. African needs to come to a point where they understand that all those things don't matter

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

Babara !
it definitely important to olso talk about tribalism in Africa. and we as leader must fight against tribalism in AFRICA

Anita Shrestha
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing

esther atosha
Jun 19
Jun 19

thank you Anita!

Hello, Queen Esther,

Such a powerful piece this is! You're great storyteller. My heart is beating like a drum as I read every line of your post. I cried when I saw the video. You are right, it was fortunate that the incident was recorded, and it was a black woman who did. We have no idea what other forms of brutality are present in this world because no one captured them.

We stand with you, dear. We are grateful for technology that we can hear your voice. Keep on writing! Please stay safe, too!

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

hello dear keren!
thank you so much for your encouragements and support .
it allays been said that 2 are better than one .
stay safe too

much love!

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 19
Jun 19

Dear Sister,
Hope you and your family are doing well. Yes Racism is a sin against humanity. Thank you for raising your voice. We Shall overcome someday!!
Love
Busayo

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

Dear Busayo
thank you so much.
hope you're doing well!

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Esther,
These photos are so beautiful, and such a reminder of your important message. Yes, racism is taught. And in both the US and my country there is a new and ongoing call for change, a call that is rising globally. Thank you for bringing us the photos of these children, a reminder of what is in our hearts when we are innocent. May we all work together win safety to create this change.

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

yes!
together we can
together we win
thank you so much for your contribution dear Tam.

much love !

Jessica Robinson
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Esther, thank you for your words. It’s wonderful to read your perspective as Black woman who is not an American. Stating, George Floyd was “an American killed by his own American brothers” is the truth. It saddens me, but there is also this reality of this is what the life is in America. However, I am encouraged by the change I have seen over the last few weeks.

Thank you for you words. (-:

Much love,
Jessica

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

Dear, Jessica ,thank you so much for your reply
America is the youngest continent which was formed by several racial diversities. before it was impossible to admit race equality ,it is the even the reason we toking about racism today. But I'm happy with the efforts allocate by Americans day by day to correct their past mistake.
let's keep fighting racism together we all want to end racism.

much love
esther

Sanjali
Jun 21
Jun 21

Dear Estahr,

Your write up is so powerful & unfortunately your words are so true in the world of so called progressive human (??) society. I guess it's time to go back to the basics of Humanity.

More power to you & best wishes

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

dear sanjili
thank you so much for your wish.
stay safe
esther

Witney tarh
Jun 23
Jun 23

Indeed blacklives do matter. We are all one persons created by one God, let's live as one
#tag@ fight for race equality
#black lives matters
#stop racisms

esther atosha
Jun 24
Jun 24

Dear witney
i like your tags
much love

Justyneema
Jun 24
Jun 24

Cher Esther!!
vos mots sont si touchants, personne ne pouvait croire assister au racisme en 2020 et ce qui se fait au grand jour, à la vue et au su de tout le monde. qu'en est-il de ce qui se passe dans l'ombre!! pourtant nous sommes tous UN... nous devons toujours combattre ce fléau et rester unis pour toujours!
merci d'avoir partagé

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Esther,
Thank you so much for yout post. I pray and hope that you are well and safe during this difficult time. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us, and so many things have happened that leave us questioning alot about life. Indeed racism is taught. No one is born a racist. We should reflect and think about how we treat the people we work with on a daily basis. How you treat the people you interact with is the same way your children will treat them.
We should always remember that we have "red" not blue not green but " red" blood flowing in our bodies despite our different skin colours and origins.
Thanks for this reminder and have a blessed day.

Akshaya9
Jun 25
Jun 25

Hi Esther,
Thank you for sharing this to us. I hope this racism will stop and i hope other's who is doing racism will educate about it.
People shouldn't look by their color or religion , we should accept and respect for who they are. Hope you doing fine and keep safe always.

Take care!

Smriti Chandra
Jul 02
Jul 02

Dear Esther,

Thanks for sharing a heartfelt post. It's high time we start valuing human lives irrespective of race, cast, colour or any background. Lot of things we say unconsciously because of the biases we carry due to the environment in which we are raised. Hats off to you for raising your voice and bringing back our focus to equality without boundaries. This is my first day and first comment on World Pulse. I can feel how much power the platform holds for people who care about humanity and co-existence.

Rashna Richu
Jul 14
Jul 14

I Love this
stay healthy and happy esther

Hawwah
Jul 24
Jul 24

Dear Esther,

Yes indeed, no one is born racist, they were taught.
And they can unlearn that.
This is exactly what we talked about with a Friend today.
It seems such a sad shame that despite how far the human race has come intellectually and technologically, we are still stuck in this mindset of segregation and discrimination.
Thank you for this insightful piece.
In love and sisterhood,

Hawwah.