The past week has been a chorus. The voices of Aotearoa are one, strong, and stand together. This is what has been proven. We are one. We are strong. We stand together.
Today the Seed Waikato bloggers add their voices to the chorus echoing up and down this land which we share. We sing of support, of love, of our common humanity. Kia kaha.
From Maryana Garcia:
Rain does not extinguish.
No, rain makes plain the waters we are treading,
Reminds us that there are others splashing in the puddles here.
That together we can make the droplet constellations that will guide us home.
We are connected by the struggle
Of our stick and stone spangled climb.
Our eyes are brimstone bright.
So, when you see the writing on the wall,
A discordant flare of unspoken lines,
A stalled inner fire too long stifled silent.
Let your echoes roar irenic in the blood,
Until we are a blazing people tattooed with glowing names.
Because this? This is not a void.
This is the only stage we’ve got and we must make it rumble.
From Rosalie Norton:
After the events in Christchurch I find myself in 3 minds.
As a person barely out of childhood, I can not comprehend how someone would find the pure evil needed to commit this act.
As a teen, I struggle to understand how the families of victims can deal with the situation they have been put in with such faith and reslience.
And, as a young adult I remain positive that racism has no place in NZ and that it is up to my generation to lead the way. We are the ones growing up in the multi-cultural community that perhaps our parents and grandparents did not, and it is up to us to teach our elders that living in a world of kindness and empathy is better then one of intolerance and ignorance.
From Kirstie Dawson-Smith:
With the darkness that surrounds us, there is a lot to be seen. There is light, and there is hope. We live in a community that stands together. When negativity has appeared, positivity rises tenfold. The damage that has been done is devastating; there is nothing that we can do to change the past, however it is up to us as a generation to change the future. We are all made of the same material, and we are bound by the same forces. We are human, and we are bound by love.
From Guillermo William Revelo:
When I was growing up, one of my biggest dreams was to study abroad in a place where different cultures and nationalities coexisted. That dream became true when I came to New Zealand. Ever since, I have experienced nothing but love, kindness, and generosity from people who I am proud to call my whānau.
Sadly, the tragic events in Christchurch showed us the darkest side of humanity. However, witnessing the overwhelming support from New Zealanders, immigrants, and refugees made me comprehend that there is still goodness in this world. No matter our religion, beliefs, or ethnicity, we deserve to live peacefully and with freedom of expression.
To the Muslim community, my message is that you stay strong in these difficult times knowing that we are here to uplift one another.
Darkness can only be overcome by light. Let’s stand together as one voice carrying a torch of hope, unity, and diversity. This is the New Zealand that I know.
From Amy McLean:
My heart has been so heavy at the thought of the tragedy of Friday. I have sat in disbelief, anger, fear, and sadness for the people of Christchurch and the Muslim community. Fear for what the world will look like for my children in years to come if violence like this continues.
From this place, I have also recognized a burning desire for action. For something that can be done to change the way things are, so that extremist behaviors like this don't get a chance to see the light of day.
Racism starts small. Sometimes it lives in ever day actions and comments that we laugh off, nod in agreement to, excuse, and therefore accept. But we don't have to. We can stop casual racism from growing into something more extreme. We can give it no encouragement. No respect. No power. We can give it nothing.