I miss being a little girl today.
I had a great childhood, and I am grateful for that. We didn’t have much money, but my parents were hard workers, and they went out of their ways to make sure we never suffered from our life on a (tight) budget. There was so much love in our humble home that we didn’t even care about what we didn’t have…
But that’s not what I miss about those days, right now.
I miss how I only had to cover my eyes with my little palms to make monsters go away. Whenever I got scared, in the middle of the night, not looking at them made all the gloomy shadows disappear…
I wish that could still work. But adulting is much harder.
And nowadays, it seems like there are monsters everywhere.
This virus, of course. This invisible enemy that is threatening each and everyone of us, our families and friends.
The poverty spreading like a plague, people losing their jobs, struggling to feed their loved ones. Businesses going bankrupt, world economy slowly collapsing.
The future is no longer a reference. Planning is obsolete (hopefully only temporarely). Nobody can tell what will happen a week, a month, a year from now. We’ve fallen back in a weird world where the only certainty is the present.
And while we should all join hands and work together, these monsters still bring the worst in some of us.
As if we didn’t have enough on our plate, already.
You probably heard about the anti-racism wave that started in the United States. The Minneapolis’ black community’s voice has echoed all the way to Québec. In different cities, people of all skin colors are protesting against police brutality and racism against the black community.
To be quite honest, I question the pertinence of fighting specifically racism against black people. I understand the situation in the United States, but things are different here, in Québec. I think it is important to find ways to rid our society from racism, but why not fight it in general? It is a well-known fact that first nations’ people have been targetted by some authorities too. They need people to stand for them too, wouldn’t you think? And that’s just an example…
Yesterday, Montréal’s chief of police accepted to come and walk with the protesters, this coming Sunday. It was a symbolic gesture, from the man who had just announced measures to stop police profiling and systemic racism.
But this morning, the leader of the Black league – New generation announced online that the invitation had been cancelled.
The reason? ”Citizens are terrified by the thought that he would be there.”
Other black organizations spoke up, and disaproved the decision, stating that they had all missed a great opportunity to turn an historic page together. I agree with them.
I have no doubt that some people are in fact uncomfortable with the thought of walking alongside a man representing an authority they are afraid of. But I doubt there are enough of them to take such a step back.
I just wish I could cover my eyes, and make all of this go away.