Equality at its core

At the centre of the Black Lives Matter movement is a call for equality, for people of all races to be treated with dignity and respect

Saying that black lives matter is not saying that only black lives matter. It is critical to understand this. Black Lives Matter is an anthem, a slogan, a hashtag and a straightforward statement of fact. While it is not a new movement, the message is central to the nationwide support it generated.

For organisations that are invested in working toward equality for all, it is important not to only see colour, but to work on levelling the playing field. It is essential to realise that the prejudiced position of power by one race has been normalised over the centuries in all spheres of society from education and business to leisure activities and sport.

This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for any racial group other than white to achieve, excel or participate in life without having to prove exceptional qualities. In turn, there is a perception that the darker the hue of someone’s skin, the less value the group can add. Everyone can contribute to remedy this situation. We can change our attitude and perceptions.

We need to admit that mistakes were made and be prepared to work towards retribution for the deep wounds it caused to our nation and the world. We need to embrace the concepts and principles of the one element that we all share, which is our humanity. We all are human and have the same rights enshrined in our constitution.

QASA and Rolling Inspiration are in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and its goal to ensure that every person, regardless of race, have equal opportunity and are treated with respect and dignity in all aspects of their life.

Raven Benny has been a C5, 6 and 7 quadriplegic since 2000. He is married and has five children, is mad about wheelchair rugby and represented South Africa in 2003 and 2005. He relocated from Cape Town to Durban, where he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of QASA from August 1, 2019. email: coo@qasa.co.za.

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