When Countries Are Diseased And People In Power Deny You The Medicine
Yesterday (May 25th, 2022) was my birthday, but it was just another dark day for humanity. A day that doesn’t need to be celebrated at all and the dark memories of which are now permanently part of the collective human psyche.
If you don’t already know, on that day, yesterday, 19 kids and 2 of their teachers lost their lives as victims of the second deadliest school shooting in American history.
For me, May 25th ceased to be a day I fully celebrate as my birthday because it was also when George Floyd was killed.
Something about his death in 2020 has stuck with me since as a reminder of the long way that we have to go in the various aspects of human relationships such as race relations, gender relations, mental health, and everything that constitutes a fair use of civil liberties.
So, no, I do not celebrate this day. If anything, I just use it to keep track of my age. This day holds no celebratory relevance as it is better suited for deep reflections on authority, justice, and humane governance not just in the U.S but the world at large.
At some point, you must understand that what happened in Uvalde on May 25, 2022, was not a result of a mental health issue. It was a result of people in positions of governance failing to pass laws that protect those who trusted them to do so.
A senator who has over $13m in NRA donations will of course not admit the fact that stricter regulations need to be put around guns. Instead, he, and other beneficiaries like him will keep blaming these shootings on mental health.
Isn’t this the same person who was running for POTUS in 2012, the year of the deadliest school shooting in the United States so far?
The Uvalde shooting had many of these types of senators sending their hearts out to the victims’ families yet they are the same people who not only ignore the talks about gun control but also actively suppress them with diversions while they de-regulate parts of the already existing controls.
How can 50 people reject the needs of 90% of Americans surrounding gun control?