It’s so sad to see the shape our World is in today. People are losing their livelihoods and lives due to the pandemic. Racism is at the forefront of our society with riots are breaking out in the streets. We are all in this together and yet we are apart. Violence doesn’t help anyone it only makes things worse and takes away the meaning or purpose of a demonstration which is meant to voice concern over a situation.
My husband keeps saying it looks like we are going back to the 60’s with protests and violence against black people. Being coloured he has expressed many times his first hand experience being racially profiled by police as a teenager and the struggles he has gone through due to the colour of his skin. With a career as a truck driver he has also seen a lot as well from his travels. I am always mesmerized by the stories as being from Quebec I did not see the racism that he has seen. It’s sad really that in 2020 after all the things we have gone through, the technology available, and the mix of cultures in the world we are still judging people based on the colour of their skin or other cultural differences.
I am happy to see people protesting in Quebec for the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. I was happy to see the the world working together to fight a common enemy such as Covid-19. No matter what your language, no matter what colour of skin, no matter what your background or religion, we all have to live in this world together. It’s time we work together for peace, our planet, and our lives. Treat people with respect and stop the violence. Let’s have one voice against racism of all types!
We need to work on bigger issues together like climate change, the environment, medical developments, and mutual respect for all. There will always be someone trying to cause trouble in the world and we all need to work together to stop them when needed. Our world is global and anything can happen at anytime to anyone.
In Quebec you see beautiful homes that for many represent peace and serenity. You may have dreamt something similar when you were young because that was a picture of successful life. A house with a white picket fence is an image which is peaceful and we need to bring that image back in our minds and society. Remember the neighbourhoods of the 50’s? Let’s work together to improve our planet, we are the ones that have to live on it.
About the Author
Carmen Outridge is the owner of Outridge Translation Services and has been translating documents between English and French for over 30 years. Carmen is from the Eastern Townships part of Quebec and understands the language and dialect of Quebec. To learn more about Outridge Translation Services or to get help with your next project visit www.outridgetranslation.com