We are sad

As you can imagine, the situation in Christchurch is incredibly sad and distressing for us as a nation right now. New Zealand has a long history of taking in refugees displaced as a result of war, famine and religious intolerance. We are proud to welcome people to our part of the world, to support the process of inclusion and healing, while at the same time respecting the need for religious and cultural diversity. My heart goes out to the families of the 50 people (men, women and children) murdered and those other 40 people in hospital recovering from the ordeal they experienced. ‘Othering’ creates conditions for hatred and violence. Not just for ethnic groups, but for women, LGBTI communities, and those with mental health and other disabilities. Inclusiveness offers us a chance for connection. The men, women and children murdered were fathers, mothers, uncles, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children. They are us. Our challenge (an ongoing one) is to have more thoughtful conversations about hate speech that provides the energy and fuel for harm to others.

The linked material (with permission) from the TedExChristchurch community will aid our understanding and healing.

 

 

Published on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, under What Ken thinks

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