TDB promoted the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday and I personally salute all those who protested and did us proud by putting our disgust at what is happening in America on the global media map.
The horror of the casual violence used by American Police on their own citizens in a liberal progressive democracy is an abomination BECAUSE we are supposed to be better than authoritarian regimes.
We have to be held to the highest standards precisely because that’s the freedom, liberty & human rights protection that democracies promise.
When those promises are so cruelly broken, protest and solidarity is the only response.
So I supported the protest, but personally didn’t go for 2 reasons.
The first is that I can’t get sick because I have financial responsibilities to family and with no guarantee of social distancing at the protest, I decided personally not to risk that. The second reason I didn’t go was because I felt it would be a slap in the face to those who are suffering economically under Level 2 and I didn’t want to disrespect those NZers struggles – B-U-T – I support those who did decide to protest.
Of course we all wish American Police would kill unarmed civilians when we didn’t have a pandemic, but unfortunately the American cops just love killing civilians so much that it’s difficult to plan our collective outrage around them.
Of course it would be best if the protests hadn’t happened, and of course it was bad to have so many people close together but to compound a moment of public outrage against police brutality by sending in the Police to break up this protest would have been attempting to put out fire with gasoline.
I understand people’s outrage at what is happening in America, and I won’t condemn them for breaching level 2.
Those who protested must now do their best to quarantine for 14 days or take extra precautions because that must be the cost for protesting during Level 2.
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