Beware the Log in Your Eye1 min read
Almost everyone is coming out to talk about BlackLivesMatter. Whilst it’s a laudable thing, a part of me feels we might be ignoring some of the real conversations we should be having personally
Perhaps this is because I grew in a country with multi-tribes and I have seen how people are treated differently because they are not from the same tribe.
And this is not only limited to African countries. I have seen it in Europe. Some friends of mine from Ukraine told me of the problems they had when they first moved to Spain.
The kids in their son’s school did not want to be friends with him and he suffered a bit of abuse. The only friend he ended up making was a new kid who joined the school after he did. The other kids did not want to be friends with the new kid either so the two of them bound as a result of their common isolation.
Please note, the new kid was Spanish but another part of Spain different from where they were living. The unwritten rule for the children in the school was simple – if you are not from our part of Spain, you can not be friends with us.
It’s easy to fight for change in a faraway place and ignore the situations around us where we fester the same problem we are calling for change on.
I am trying to remove the log in my eye as I ask my neighbour to remove the speck in his eye.