“At first I thought I should just shut up and …

Comment on Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue by Evelyne Roullet.

“At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to what black people have to say on the subject, but why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine. People of colour are betrayed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe leaking from the residents of the apartment below. This failing system makes their lives impossible, but it is not up to them to fix it. They can’t, because no one will let them live in the apartment above. It’s a white problem. And if the whites don’t fix it, someone’s going to have to come up and break down the door.” Banksy [internationally renowned street artist].

Evelyne Roullet Also Commented

Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
There is only an human race and consequently the fundamental equality of all human beings and all peoples.
All peoples and all human groups, whatever their composition or ethnic origin, contribute according to their own genius to the progress of the civilisations and cultures which, in their plurality and as a result of their interpenetration, constitute the common heritage of mankind.
When are we going to learn?

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