I was blessed to visit the renown Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, SA.
It was a hurting sight and gloomy feeling to watch the videos and see pictures and touch historic objects used to brutalize our people. I also visited memorial sites in Soweto where young South African’s were killed like animals. It was a sober and sad experience to stand on those grounds.
It was also a time of reflection. When I think on the genocide in Rwanda, the slave trade from Africa (by Africans) and right here, the Nigerian Civil war against the Biafran movement, and most recently all the killings in the North Eastern part of Nigeira and reckless killings by the herdsmen, I have to ask, do blacks think black lives matter??? We have done more damage to ourselves than any other race can ever do to us, we have killed our kind, abused our kind and argued that perhaps ‘ONLY 200 persons were killed in a village and not 300’. When has 200, 20 or 2 lives become an ‘ONLY’.
Black lives matter, more than we will ever know. It is the blacks that need to really be educated that we matter, our leaders need to know that we matter, our pastors need to know that we matter, even our parents need to know that we matter!!!
Other races have abused our rights and defamed our humanity, no doubt, but we might be more guilty than most in this regards.
We must learn to love more, respect more, give more, protect more and build more if we must become more. It is our job to let the world know that Black is Beautiful. One black life matters!
– apeh harrison iwodi