Main image taken yesterday on Robben Island, South Africa.
The tales of torture, punishment, humiliation and cruelty told by our guide, who was a former political prisoner, were just as harrowing as they had been when I first visited the island many years ago. He now lives on Robben Island as a free man and bears no hatred towards the people that took away his freedom. He took his inspiration from the wisdom of Nelson Mandela.
‘Bantus,’ a term given to black people during the apartheid era, were given puzamandle for lunch, a white drink, which would make them sterile. Fortunately they realised that they should not drink it and would warn new prisoners to abstain. How evil!
Yesterday at the Oscars, Tyler Perry received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his for his work feeding and helping others during the pandemic.
Part of his acceptance speech “calling on people to “refuse hate.”
“My mother taught me to refuse hate. She taught me to refuse blanket judgment, and in this time, and with all of the Internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us, we teach our kids and I want to remember, just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody. I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian.
“I would hope that we would refuse hate and I want to take this Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle, no matter what’s around the wall. Stand in the middle ’cause that’s where healing happens. That’s where conversation happens. That’s where change happens. It happens in the middle. So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle, to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgment, and to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for you too.
The thing with hate is that causes more damage to you than to the person/people you hate.
Love is a far better emotion to nurture.