As a country we witnessed one of our darkest days yesterday. And as we now stand in the wake of a reality that 49 innocent people have lost their lives in such a disturbing act of hate and intolerance, we want to extend deep solidarity and support to our beloved city and the families who have had loved ones taken from them.
Societe is here to be a voice for the people of society. This is not an exclusive term, nor should it ever be. True society can only be what it ought to when unity is embraced. It is made up of many - whatever religion, race, preference, or positions that includes. These victims were our people, they were New Zealanders, and held the right to live safely and freely alongside us. Let us not forget we are immigrants in this land too… As @jacindaardern said ‘this is not just an attack on the Muslim community, this is an attack on New Zealand.’
How we show up in the coming days will be the making of us as a people - and the way we offer and provide support is paramount. Hate will not drive out hate, but a light needs to be shed on the insidious attitudes of white New Zealand and the issue of racism. Egregious behaviour has no place in the country we know and love, and we must seek to restore our honest virtues as we band together. An image of a Muslim man holding a sign appeared on the news last night, it read: “this will NOT divide us.” So let’s hold on to that hope with him.
[WHAT YOU CAN DO:] Bearing in mind the immediate imperatives, there will be a time for communities to come together and begin planning for the funerals of those who have died, and also opportunity to pay respect by honouring the bravery of everyone involved in the trauma. The Muslim community is calling for urgent assistance as they undergo the process of funeral organisation, and would be grateful for financial support, or assistance of any kind (see their Facebook for details.) Above all, let’s be present for our community, extending so much love. We now have a chance to come together in ways we never have before.
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Well said 🖤