Headline, July 23 2020/ STUDENTS : ''' '' EVERY* LIFE MATTERS '' '''


''' '' EVERY* LIFE MATTERS '' '''

THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY - For every subject in the world, most lovingly and respectfully called !WOW!, thanks most profoundly:

Thanks most humbly, Almighty God, the Leaders of the world, the great and the brave hearts : ''The Founder Framers'', and the students of the entire world for their honors. !WOW! assures the world of watching over every single of the Lord God's creations.

The Black Lives Matter [BLM] movement against police brutality in the United States has instigated a much broader wave of protest movements around the world.

BLM's ability to help draw attention to glaring forms of oppression in rich and poor countries alike is indeed encouraging, and a sign of hope for our divisive world, which has recently seen a surge of populist sentiments.

BLM has led different countries to reflect on varied forms of historical injustices. In Australia, BLM has drawn attention to structural forms of violence against aboriginal communities.

Elsewhere, BLM has led to questioning the other symbols of oppression. For example, monuments and statues commemorating controversial, colonial figures around the world have become the focus of renewed scrutiny.

Citizens of former European colonial powers tore down a statue honoring a slave trader in the UK, they defaced statues of Leopold II in Belgium for his brutality in Congo.

Despite push back against the removal of confederate statues in the US under the guise of 'heritage', many American cities have removed statues valourising Columbus.

Princeton University has decided to remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from its school for public policy.

New Zealand has similarly decided to remove the statue of Captain Hamilton, who is infamous for slaughtering the indigenous Maori population. The valorisation of Winston Churchill is being questioned in England, alongside that of Gandhi, for their overt racism.

It is not only former colonizing countries where this needed questioning of history is taking place.

In fact, the University of Ghana had taken down Gandhi statue a couple of years ago, and similar efforts are afoot in Johannesburg, catalyzed by BLM.

Kenya was actually forerunner in the movement to get rid of colonial statues when a statue of Queen Victoria was torn down in Nairobi back in 2015.

In South Africa, the University of Cape Town has removed the statue of Cecil Rhodes from public viewing, for his support to the apartheid system.

Some argue that removing statues which memortailze problematic figures is not enough. Black Lives Matters [BLM] merits deeper reflection. BLM needs to instigate introspection amongst diasporic communities, such as Pakistani and Indian migrants, who themselves are no strangers to experiences of xenophobia.

Yet, South Asian communities have also been complicit and have benefited from anti-Black racism. Internalising and seeking acceptance as the 'model minority' has indirectly served to justify and sustain racism against historically subjugated minorities for being miscreants.

Challenging anti-Black racism within diasporic communities is also very important to build solidarity movements and push back against xenophobia in general.

Within this part of the world, it would have been heartening to see BLM spark wider questioning of  deep-seated forms of structural violence and discrimination against our own religious and ethnic minorities. 

Instead, BLM has mostly served as a cudgel to try and bash the US over its hypocrisy of trying to be a global moral watchdog, or else, it has become a fashionable cause to be endorsed via social media.

Bollywood actors or socialites posting support for BLM aside, hashtags like #MuslimLivesMatter and #DalitLivesMatter are at least trying to echo the real message of #BlackLivesMatter.

One has not seen much evidence of similarly reflexive attempts in the Developing World, say, Pakistan. A significant proportion of Pakistan's intelligentsia is not only elitist, but also colonial in the mindset.

Consider for instance, how a few Pakistani think-tank recently boasted Niall Ferguson, an imperial apologist, and someone who aptly disagrees with the removal of colonial statues.

It thus remains vital for post-colonial countries to empathise with the BLM movement, but to use it as an opportunity to also question or own racism, and other problematic forms of oppression, ranging from patriarchy to classism.

The Honor and Serving of the ''Latest State of the World,'' thinking and works, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, S M Ali.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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