Having moved to Peebles in 2002, ‘Stooriefit’ Bosco Santimano gives us his own take on what he feels is the hot topic of the day. This week it’s Black Lives Matter…
The murder of a Black man in America caught on film was so heart-breaking to watch, never mind the past of this man. Right-wing media like FOX News in America jumped on the bandwagon of spreading more lies than truth of George Floyds past in inflaming race tensions. This narrative was imported through social media right here in the UK and shared by many as the absolute truth including some of my Facebook friends! A token Black women became famous overnight among the white right-wing groups for speaking out against the media coverage of the killing. After doing some research on her background it came to light that she is a right-wing black conservative who also appears on, guess where? FOX News! This women’s name is Candace Owens and she is the designated “Gatekeeper” for the whites in America and a hero for right-wing extremists to justify the continuation of their racist ideology on her own people!
During the Scottish Independence campaign I realised who were my Unionist Facebook friends and now the Racists among them have shown their true colours. I am aware there are still a few closet racists who dare not comment or speak about such issues. We can never truly move forward as one human race, in peace, love and harmony if we don’t confront our past as a nation that committed horrific atrocities amounting to genocide on former colonies and their citizens around the world. The vested interests among us want their citizens to be ignorant so that when the time is right they can switch on the racist rhetoric that has been conditioned in their minds since school on the unsuspecting public. This is then used to fan racial tensions and violence to keep the status quo but also to sow hatred and fear among the non-whites living in the country. Our education system should teach the kids what their ancestors did and how this country became one of the richest in the world by committing rape, murder and looting of resources from its former colonies by express authorisation from the Queen! Even the Germans taught their children about Nazism so that they would not want to see a repeat of their shameful history.
Getting rid of statues will not solve this centuries old issue of race nor another commission on racial inequality when the real problem is in our hearts and minds. We have reached the tipping point in this white western world where all policies; financial, social and economic have been controlled by the rich white elite one percent, who after the second world war setup these very institutions to control their former colonies around the world.
That topic is for another time.
If we need to get rid of what truly represents our dark past as a nation then it’s time to remove the Monarchy and the Great! in Great Britain! Democracy will then have truly arrived on these islands.
Published in The Peeblesshire News on Friday 26th June 2020.