Thank you for sharing your exhortations of the protests. I am aware that you are receiving many communications but I would be remiss if I did not share this one particular email with you, too. It demonstrates the global united stand and that out of unity comes strength: Ex Unitate Vires, formally used as the national motto for South Africa. We now state that diverse people unite. We are all together in this. I have been active in Amnesty International's causes for human rights since my father's solitary confinement in 1964 for his social justice activities " to make the world a better place for our children and our children's children..." This email is from Amnesty International.
Dr. Cudore Snell,
Assistant Provost and Howard University School of Social Work Professor
I hope you’re well and keeping safe.
The last couple of weeks have been very challenging, especially for marginalized groups around the world. COVID-19 revealed the inequalities that are still entrenched in many societies and this has been a clear sign that governments across the globe have a long way to go to achieve the equality we all have a right to.
In light of this, South Africa has not been any different. Since the nationwide lockdown started, many have experienced violence at the hands of state officials who were meant to protect us. This especially called for concern when the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) trended on social media for treating people, particularly black people living in informal settlements, in a manner that could be deemed as offensive and abusive.
When Collins Khosa, among others, lost his life at the hands of the SANDF, this exposed the fact that the way in which the SAPS and the SANDF approach civilians is still hostile and must be brought to the forefront to ensure that no one ever loses their life in this way again.
The global #BlackLivesMatter protests that took off after George Floyd was killed by the police in the United States of America are an indication that the world is changing and no longer will civilians remain passive and quiet when they see an injustice unfolding in front of their eyes. Black people across the globe have come together to call for justice and this activated a global spirit of activism where people from all walks of life have come together in solidarity with George Floyd and his family to show the world that no matter what anyone may think, black lives DO matter.
I hope this inspires you to continue with your activism and to take injustice personally because none of us are free until we’re all free.
Stand with our global movement and demand justice for George Floyd!
Justice For George
Activism Coordinator - Organising
Amnesty International South Africa · 97 Oxford Rd, Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa