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The recent street protests bring back the requirement to be critical and sober.
Racism is unacceptable and this is not something we should tolerate. We should not tolerate police brutality or use of excessive force especially in law enforcement agencies and institutions who use state force to bring order and stability in societies. We should be vigilant as civil society so that our communities are inclusive and can continue to be prosperous.
It seems to be that they force companies now to be political and take sides of the issue. If the companies refuse to do that they start to become nasty and demand boycott or ostracize them in social media. Companies should not even be placed to such position in the first place. Like any corporate citizen, they have the right not to participate in the public square since it's not in their mission to go to that extent. If they do, it's their call. It's never because it is vogue and cool to belong, or suicidal, if otherwise.
Blind conformity does not help anybody.
What happens here is the lack of constructive dialogue mechanisms so that parties can really talk about issues and put forth concrete measures so that we can see a long-term transformation in our communities.
Wrecking building and burning cars do not constitute an acceptable approach to resolving conflicts. Defunding the police is defunding society. Are we going to punish the whole society because we can't be good to each other?
There are many angles and issues to this story. It is never just about racism. It is just the tip of the iceberg. There are economic, political, social, cultural, and personal issues that are being played out in the streets. Some are driven by an agenda that do not have any concern for collective well-being.
In short, enough of the drama.
Let's get down to work on these issues and reform our institutions.
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