This past week, people have taken to Facebook and Instagram to share their opinions about Black Lives Matter. My stance was not sharing anything at all because I felt that the majority of Maltese people in particular were simply sharing other people’s posts since everyone else was doing it. I am not saying everyone was following the rest of the sheep. Here’s the thing; let’s not make Black Lives Matter a trend.
A trend is something that becomes popular and when it’s no longer of interest, dies down. If you truly believe in Black Lives Matter, don’t make it a trend. Instead, voice your opinion amongst your peers when discussing with no fear. Futile argumentation and healthy discussion are two different things. Voice your opinion by protesting. Voice your opinion with conservative people and try to make them understand why Black Lives Matter is significant. Don’t let Black Lives Matter die down. Black Lives Matter is a movement and it shouldn’t die down. Sharing on your Instagram account is a means to make people understand how what happened was very wrong. Sharing on your Instagram account is to make other people aware. It shouldn’t be used as a trend. Instagram is a powerful tool and some don’t realize that.
What I cannot stand is that some people take situations like this and shit on America. Yes, you heard me correctly. People criticizing America because the police killed a Black man only shows how much they do not understand America. America’s foundation was built on the genocide of Native Americans and slavery. However, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and America is still working towards his dream. America is still not there yet. Racism is in America’s DNA whether we like it or not. However, we can work to prevent it and spread awareness. And there is awareness. People with white privilege are protesting too. They are helping Black people fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. I think that says a lot about America.
What happened this past week in America happens often. It’s not right but unfortunately in happens often. Where were all the posts on Facebook and Instagram when Black folk were killed by the police last year or the year before that? Why was it that people all over the world went ballistic over George Floyd’s death? I’m not saying that what happened was right, but George Floyd was a victim amongst many many others.
Maybe the world has been watching America and just as Americans have had enough with this, so has the rest of the world. Racism is everywhere and what isn’t so shocking is the fact that some people ignore it.
Most importantly, Malta may be criticizing America for police brutality and racism yet Malta is not so better than America. Racism runs rampant here too. African migrants encounter racist remarks on a daily basis. There may be people who do not directly show their racism to the African migrants however in conversation amongst themselves, some Maltese people definitely say “they should go back to their country”. Black people and white supporters are trying to raise awareness and fight against white supremacists in America, however who’s fighting the Maltese conservatives in Malta?
Therefore instead of judging America, how about we have a look at our own situation at home? I saw a few posts on Facebook and Instagram regarding Lassana Cisse’s death last year. However when the killing occurred last year, there was not this explosion of posts like George Floyd is getting. Why is that? Why is the Maltese population more concerned with George Floyd and America’s situation rather than their own situation at home? Maybe it’s because George Floyd was American and Lassana Cisse was “just an African migrant”. This shows the racism in Malta still being present even though everyone is posting about the cruelty of George Floyd’s death.
I hear the voices of Black people and their white supporters. They shout. They’re frustrated. They’re outraged. The voice of Maltese people fighting for African migrants isn’t so loud. There are Maltese people trying to get their voices heard but there needs to be more to be able to be heard.
I close my argument with this final note. As John Wayne once said;
Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will.
I wave the American flag. I love my country with all its faults. The point is to learn from them and make the future a better place for everyone. Maybe some Maltese people should start waving the Maltese flag.