I chose this image because Steve Biko was an extraordinary activist. He fought and died for the elimination of Apartheid and I will remember him in this way.
I was told of a story of a Muslim woman who was driving home from work, days after 9-11, and she was almost run off the road by a person who, with malice in his face told her to, “go back home!” She was stunned, but cleverly said to him, “I’m on my way home.”
This was one of the most outward manifestations of blind hatred I have heard in my life. To hate because of someone else’s action is the epitome of ignorance. I was not saddened by this act, I was enraged. If she were not a strong, confident woman, this could have taken away her feelings of security in her own neighborhood. But she knew these things would occur and remained strong throughout the weeks, months, and years after the horrible tragedy that left loved one’s without family members, the global community in unrest, and a whole religion under the microscope of society.
It would have to be a total change of society beliefs in order to rectify the dilemma of prejudice. The reality is, this has been an issue since the beginning of diversity in the world. In order to conquer this parasite each one must teach one the beauty that resides in all of humanity. Steve Biko had it right when he said the oppressor' s weapon is the mind of the oppressed.
It was not a world banker that ran this women off the road, it was a common man who felt it was "his duty" to "serve his country" by retaliating against anyone that looked like the people who paralyzed the world. We have to take a stand and begin to look at the whole picture and make conscious efforts to join together to achieve success.