76 years ago on the 6th of June 1944 the world united to defeat racism, hatred and genuine evil. 4,414 men gave the ultimate sacrifice on the northern coast of Normandy, during the height of the Nazi occupation of France. They had committed untold horrors. At 6:30 am 156,000 men united with the sole intention of defeating this evil. They sacrificed their future so that we were able to have the futures we have today.This is more relevant this year than ever I believe, in light of the atrocity that was committed that pushed the black community over the edge, the murder of an innocent man, George floyd. Veterans who survived the Second World War who fought on D-day have said that if they could see what we did with the sacrifices they made, they would not have charged into machine guns on those beaches.
We can learn from what they did, we can come together and unite in the same manner to defeat racism, prejudice, hatred and intolerance wherever we may find it in our lives. We are lucky we do not have to make the ultimate sacrifice, but their memory can be untarnished by refusing to allow systemic racism and hatred to be prevalent. At the time racism was still a disgusting part of people’s lives, but not everyone’s and many spoke out against it, but clearly not enough people used their voices because as we can see 76 years later it is still here, the same as it was several hundred years ago. To be silent is to be complacent, to be complacent is to be guilty by association. If you allow yourself to not call out the disgusting people who think there is more than one race, who believe there is no privilege to be born white, who believe they are superior to others because of the soil they were born on or the colour of their skin, then you are part of the problem. If you cannot or refuse not to see the problem, you are the problem. If you hit back with “all lives matter” you are part of the problem. All life is precious, but I have never been stopped by a police officer and been scared that I would be shot or beaten to death for my skin colour. (Continued in comments) - 1 hour ago