Dear all,

We are still in the midst of a pandemic, America is being terrorised by police violence, in Rome a young black man has been beaten to death and in Greece refugee camps are on fire. Not even to mention that in some parts of the world, wars have yet to calm down and famine is a never ending problem. On top of that we are being faced with a highly depleted planet and an uncertain future.
In short, the world is burning and mankind is to blame. Some more than others.

A young black man was beaten to a pulp in Rome by probably (they are still suspects, they have not been condemned yet, but the evidence is quite powerful) MMA fighters. Such a fair fight. I could express all the horror I feel, but I have no words for this anymore. I don’t know how to describe this brutal killing of black people, because the murderers of this man can tell me anything they want, but you’re not fooling me into believing that this had nothing to do with race. I can’t even imagine what this must be like for the black community to continuously have to deal with this, whether it’s in America or in Europe or in any other place in the world where they are unfairly viewed as less by an entire society.

I read replies (comments) on social media (which I know is the most horrible place to check anything) to the fires in the refugee camp Moria in Greece. Apparently people believe that when the refugees have lit the fire themselves, they should not be helped by European countries. First of all, this means that you leave Greece to deal with it again. It’s very doubtful that is in any way fair. Second of all, who cares if they lit the fires themselves. The circumstances in those camps are inhumane and this is not just a responsibility to fix by Greece, this is Europe’s problem. A problem of every member state. Just consider being locked up with 13.000 in a place that is built to only contain 3000, where the basic human needs can’t be guaranteed. Then there is a spread of the virus and there is no way of properly quarantining people who have Covid-19 and they just quarantine the entire camp, without having decent healthcare. These people who have come here traumatised by war are being locked up with sick people without the hope of getting help when they get the virus themselves and then people are surprised they protest. Come on.

That self righteous behaviour to think that you would have behaved differently if you had been in their place. This really makes me sick. To just pass by the fact that you have been lucky all your life by being born in the right place, the right country with the right family and the right skin colour and then to believe instead that you’re special, that you worked hard for it, that you deserved it, whereas comparatively you’ve never had to go through anything your entire life. You were just lucky. Then to refuse to help others who aren’t, because you would have behaved in the “correct” way, makes me sick.

People might think that I’m an idealist, but I’m not. I don’t think wanting people to open their eyes makes me an idealist at all. On the contrary, I actually believe that when people suppose this capitalistic monstrosity we’ve created is just and fair and gets you exactly what you deserve, makes me think that you’re an idealist, however not the good one. Idealistically justifying your undeserved place in society. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a good life for yourself and people you care about, but not realising that you’re incredibly lucky to be favoured by society and therefore refusing to help people not as lucky as you, that is wrong. And the world is a fickle place. Your luck might be up very soon.

In the words of the great Bob Dylan: “Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could? I think you will find, when your death takes its toll. All the money you made will never buy back your soul.”

Please donate whatever you can miss to refugee camps in Greece or to the many causes (the ones organised by the black community) that support the black community and if you cannot miss anything, think about signing petitions to support the less fortunate in our world.

From Italy with love,

Merel