Overwhelmed is one of the many emotions I have been feeling over the past few days. With so much unrest in the world it is difficult to feel at peace.
I talked to a friend about recent happenings and we both felt the great deluge of information had us feeling swamped. There is such a wealth of information on the topic of Black Lives Matter that it can be hard to digest.
Living in the UK my whole life as British-born Chinese has given me testing times, particularly growing up in primarily Caucasian schools. Through those tough situations I was able to acknowledge my differences from my peers, and -over time – also embrace my ethnicity and culture. From my current viewpoint I can say that I am comfortable with my heritage and the stereotypes that come with it. Unfortunately this is not a luxury that many can enjoy in today’s society.
Through these past experiences I can begin to understand the sufferings of the world today. As a fellow person of colour I stand in solidarity with black men, women and children. I seek a better world for you. A world where children do not have to be ashamed of the colour of their skin. A world where racial stereotypes do not condemn a person as soon as they set foot into a store. A world that is equal to all.
Though feeling overwhelmed can be draining, I can only imagine how those in the front of this battle are feeling. I hope to be better informed by researching more and helping by spreading awareness on this important topic.