Updated: Jul 6
The killing of George Floyd: A rude awakening, a wakeup call for all of us !
In these days and times of despair and social unrest, the death of George Floyd is echoing across the world. The killing of George Floyd is a wakeup call for all of us. The world is crying out for leadership, that kind of leadership that can bring us, people of all nations and ethnicities together.
Too many in the world have had a knee on their neck for too long
Too many have had a knee on their neck for too long but there is no place for violence, no place for looting or destroying property or burning churches, or destroying businesses. Nor is it acceptable for police forces around the world, sworn to protect and serve all people, to escalate tensions or resort to excessive violence.
The moment has come for everyone, every, nation, every country to deal with all forms of systemic social inequalities, racism and gender discrimination.
The pain is raw, the pain is real
We are at our best when we open our hearts and there is no more time for broken promises. It is time for people of power, people in power, privilege, and moral conscience worldwide to stand up and say “No More” to a discriminatory political, economic and justice system.
Immoral political, social and economic disparities between races and genders, government actions that undermine our unified democracy are to stop now. No more excuses. No more delays. Silence can be as deadly as violence.
Individually, each one of us are responsible for creating a world of peace and equality for ourselves and future generations. What we need is governments that are as good as their people and we are the only one responsible for who we are electing to govern us. As far as I am concerned, we are better than this. We are better than all the Trumps, similar politicians and elected representatives of this world.
Disbanding the police forces will not fix any issue: disbanding the governments is
Dehumanizing people debases us all; humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. It is time for every nation of the world to examine our tragic failures. Disbanding any police force is not the answer. Disbanding corrupted and immoral governments is the answer and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.
The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice is not between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect people who will act on reform.
Vet your candidates, make sure that they are looking forward to serve you, not their personal interest.
Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
Systemic Strategic Planning, Crisis & Reputation Management