It Does Not Represent Us.
I came to understand the deeper meaning of these words after a broad daylight murder in the streets of London. The words floated in mind my for several days and reminded me of a similar incident that took place in Salford, when a 23 year old Indian student was shot dead by a white guy called Kiaran Stapleton. The Indian student and his friends were on their way for Christmas sales in the early hours of 26th December 2011. It was a very sad episode. It sent shock waves across the nation and people were filled with anger that this young man’s life had been curtailed.
The community response was overwhelming and one of the residents left a card that reads: “I am sorry this happened to you but this does not represent us.” What does that mean? It means that yes, this happened in our community but it does not represent us as a community. It also means that the murderer as a white person, his ruthless action does not represent us the white people. It also means we as a community we disassociate ourselves from this cruel behaviour. We are all good citizens despite the horrific incident that took away your life.
The young white man who shot the Indian student his age was similarly as the two young black men who committed a murder crime in Woolwich, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale both in their 20s. The attack by the black young Muslims was described as terrorist motivated while the attack by the white guy was described as racially motivated. But the two young black men had committed horrendous crime in the name of the religion as to justify their horrible actions. Do their deadly actions represent their religion? Or does it represent their community they live in? Does it represent the black minority? Personally I would say no, and their deeds did not reflect the evilness of their community. The two young men followed their own barbaric ideology.
In fact their actions orchestrated a lot of divisions among the communities, and brought more terror to the Muslim communities, as the few individuals from the white communities targeted the mosques. The petrol bombs were used to blow up the mosques and to cause mayhem in the cities. The English Defence League took actions to the street in protest of this heinous murder. All this was retaliation against the horrific death of Lee Rigby, a young white man, who served in the army, and sadly left behind, a two-year-old son and a wife. It is disheartening. No one deserves such brutality.
One black man in his forties whom I met six days after the Woolwich murder, and he told me of an incident that happened when he boarded a stagecoach bus from Leigh to Manchester, that the white people secluded him. As more white passengers flocked in, neither one of them did not want to sit next to him even though there was an empty seat just next to him. “They all decided to stand. I felt very very bad.” He said. The black man had just got a job as a home fundraiser, but he said, “I would rather drop the job because I don’t know what would happen to me when I go outside and knock-on people’s doors.” I understood how this incident had badly affected him and yet I tried to put sense in it, that probably he would withdraw his statement for leaving the job and reconsider to take it.” I said, “yes, this happened to you but it does not mean all white people are as insensitive as the other white people whom you met on the bus. I also mentioned the murder incident that happened in Woolwich it does not represent the black people or the Muslims as murderers. They are murderers out there and murderers do not classify which race.
These are some the daily challenges, which are faced by the Asians, the White and the Black communities. But some of the criminal cases always stood out than the others, depending on the nature of the crime and how it happened. The latest Woolwich murder has raised a lot of profiles as some people protested and became violent, others insensitive and implying that a certain race or religion is more evil than the other. In my own words I would say: Think before you act because your actions may exacerbate the situation. Do not go out as an individual, as a group, or community and start to torture other innocent souls, stereotype other people based on what you have seen, or you have heard about Woolwich murder. Let us desire to live in peace and stand shoulder to shoulder to combat the evil deeds as one people.
I also feel that at many times the local media contributes to a lot of division among the communities because when an immigrant committed a crime, it is reported in a manner that people may think that the immigrants are the only people who are evil, who commit such crimes, like murder, rape, terrorist plots, thieving but yet we have many white British citizens who have committed similar crimes. I can name a few such as Ian Huntley who killed two children aged 10. Mark Bridger who recently abducted and killed a 5 year-old girl in Wales. The last is of Jimmy Savile, who allegedly abused 450 people over a 60- year period, and many of his victims were children”, stated the Metropolitan Police.
Just remember when one or more people from different race, religion, ethnic, committed a crime it does not neither represent their race, ethnic, beliefs nor the religion. The culprits are responsible or accountable for their actions. It is not your duty to go and destroy other people’s properties and attack other people. Your actions won’t justify what other people have gone wrong. In fact with your deadly actions you are worsening the situation making other people feel vulnerable and the communities not able to trust each other.
I hope by writing this article, it has enabled you as an individual to understand, to reflect on the way we see each other, if there is a way you can change yourself and that can be beneficial to the society. Let’s not desire the evil but emulate the good thing and be of one.