Black Lives Matter

My brothers and sisters, if you are outraged as I am at the latest killings of black people in America this letter is for you. I want to encourage you in your grief and simultaneously chide you, then empower you. I want to let you know that hope isn’t a strategy, you can’t just hope that America changes, life doesn’t work like that. So how can we bring about change and even start a movement?

Let me cast your mind back to apartheid in South Africa and acknowledge the tactics that worked for bringing about change. The world mobilized in a shaming and sanctions campaign against the ruling elite and that certainly helped alongside the ground movement led by Nelson Mandela. Without delving into history of this and other incidents, this is what I propose.

What you can do as an empowered and enlightened citizen:

Contact your local American embassy and express your disgust/ sorrow and demand that America changes.

Advise your local ambassador to America of your disgust and request that they convey these messages.

Encourage others to do the same in your country and other countries.

Rinse and repeat until it becomes a movement and American embassies worldwide are only listening to ‘Black Lives Matter’ complaints.

Support and encourage ‘Black Lives Matter’ groups on social media.

It is beyond me why worldwide governments especially regional governments and African governments don’t chastise this behaviour. I suppose politicians don’t believe it affects them and that is where we as citizens need to demonstrate our interests in being our brothers’ keepers. So go forth and shame America for its blatantly racist behaviour.

(Craig Harewood is the investment director at OurinterestInc., an investment company that trades on global markets and from time to time assists small businesses and boutique investors.)

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