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Race and Culture: “We all bleed the same colour.” - Part 4

[#race & culture #4/5] I'm sharing five things this week: A book, a poem, a film, an idea and a song. Today is the idea: “We all bleed the same colour.” Though I’d had this note scheduled last week, it resonates even more now, because things have been getting heavier and heavier in the Middle East this week.

I'm adding some thoughts today:

There’s no escaping the news. And there’s no denying the horrific footage from live civilian journalism coming through from those on the ground in both Palestine and Israel, and also in Afghanistan, where an earthquake has devastated the lives of so many.

I really wish for a resolution and measures that bring stability, peace, liberation and stop innocent civilians being killed and harmed.

One thing that’s helped me grapple with this, especially regarding Palestine-Israel, is listening to varied, empathic voices, rooted in solution finding and humanising all people involved. For me that has been the likes of Anthony Baker PhD + Sim Kern. I see such people as helpers, and it reminds me of that quote from Mr Rogers:

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me,

'Look for the helpers.

You will always find people who are helping.'.

If you or your loved ones are being affected by any of the recent events, I hope you can do what you need to keep well in all of it, and to stay close to the helpers.

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