Not only black lives, but all lives matter, be it humans, animals or any other species.
When talking about sustainability and interdependence, we need to keep neutrality (and not equality) in mind.
In a world, where a section of people are talking about buying properties on the Moon, others still can’t seem to go beyond the skin colour of a particular race. We need to understand that pigmentation has nothing to do with personality, intellect or attitude.
Don’t you crave to buy an expensive black gown for the weekend party? You may even be ready to sell your house (not literally) to buy a pair of gorgeous black matching shoes.
Do you love your golden Labrador more than your black one? Is there any difference of colour in their poop?
Well, no! However, some people tend to walk away or even hurl abuses at a person with a darker skin tone. One can’t talk about environmental sustainability or maintaining a balance without pondering these instances.
Racial discrimination disrupts the environmental balance
Some people are still fighting for their basic rights to survival. Talking about a balance without helping them is like promoting the launch of a new vehicle during the lockdown.
If we tend to suppress a community or a race, the social balance gets hampered. The environment is more linked to racial discrimination than we can ever guess. People are discriminated based on their ethnic and linguistic origins, skin colour, sex, and even professions. Such discriminations create a toxic environment, which is not right for anyone, not even nature.
For example, by bullying the countrymen involved in farming, one tends to bash a reason for our existence - food. Lord forbid, but if one fine day, these people decide not to grow crops or raise animals anymore, who do you think will be the biggest losers?
Digging deep into environmental racism
It is still a wonder that environmental racism exists even to this day. When a section of the community is denied access to a clean environment, it’s like insulting a mother by keeping her children away. Mother Nature does not discriminate among her children based on skin colour, ethnicity or race, so who gave others the right to do so? Well, no one! They tend to do it because it makes them feel superior. That’s where the problem lies.
Feeling superior to another person, bullying them and taking pleasure out of is a serious mental condition. It is as bad as having lemons with cough syrup.
But overreacting on these issues tends to be a bigger problem these days.
For example, if someone starts consuming everything black to show support for the coloured community, he may end up having health issues. We should understand where and how to show support for the discriminated people. Just buying whatever ‘black’ comes your way and posting it on social media with trending hashtags won’t solve the issue.
Imagine you end up gobbling a handful of mustard seeds, just because they are black (LOL)!
Sustainability can be achieved, if the efforts of these people, the dominated ones, are supported universally. We should accept their ways and lifestyles and acknowledge the good in them. Some of them even lead a healthier lifestyle than the so-called “superior races”.
They have gorgeous hair
Have you noticed the hair of the coloured community? They have such thick and dense strands, and the women seem to have a difficult time managing those gorgeous curls. On the other hand, about 8 million women in the UK suffer from hair loss due to alopecia. Moreover, nearly half the men experience some amount of baldness by the age of fifty.
So what is the secret of these people for their unmatched hair health? They use lesser chemicals and rely more on the natural oils secreted by the hair follicles. As most of their hair is curly, these oils stay trapped and do not slide down the face, unlike the people with straight hair. Further, they tend to use hair products free of parabens, alcohol and sulphates that do more harm than good. As much as you do envy their beautiful tresses, try following their hair care routine to keep alopecia and related issues at bay.
They are the unnamed leaders of the organic revolution
Africa is one of the leading countries in organic produces, but due to many factors, which include racism, they are not adequately supported. But we all know that the move to organic is a futuristic trend, far from fading in the coming days. By switching to organic, you can show your support for the African farmers from anywhere in the globe. Leave the Africans, show some support for that local African-European shopkeeper right around the corner of the street. Go and buy something organic from him today, and you will be taking a step towards a sustainable future.
As mentioned earlier, you need to show your support where it matters the most. The hashtags on social media are essential, but those are not all. You need to look beyond social media and find the best ways to uplift the suppressed communities. And you do not have to build a spaceship for them or get tanned. Give them their rights and treat them neutrally. Believe us, that will be enough!