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  • Dickson V. Tarnongo

The Quest For Survival : Chapter 1 - Lessons From Covid 19 & Black Lives Matter


Never in history has a pandemic been dreadful to human existence, economic, social and political agitations all over the world like ‘Coronavirus’ (COVID 19). It was first discovered in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019 and spread across the globe. This virus was a sign of reminder to those who promote injustice, inequality, discrimination and racism that the world is one big family. The pandemic strengthened our firm belief in the universality of human existence, rights and obligations to each other. While that was a deep reflection, the police brutality of the black race in America took the world by storm with the emergence of the current protests that Black Lives Matter (BLM). Again the BLM was promoted all over the world with a hash tag, #ICantBreathe! or simply #BLM


Black lives matter is not just a movement. BLM is the story of the oppressed, the vulnerable groups, the asylum seekers in the UK, the persons with disabilities, the oppressed women and children, the people of colour, and the black race. The BLM movement is not a new movement but a resurgence of the old dichotomy of the global West and the global South in the struggle for equality, true justice and accountability. When the psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote 'The Wretched of the Earth' in 1961, where he provided a psychiatric and psychologic analysis of the dehumanising effects of colonisation upon the people of colour, he was saying black lives matter.


by Dickson V. Tarnongo


When Walter Rodney wrote ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ in 1972, he was saying black lives matter. When Jason Hickel recently wrote 'The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions' in 2017, he was saying the black lives matter.

We cannot reinvent the wheels, but we can only take the bulls by the horns with the emergence of a peaceful resistant of how the global West ill-treats the global south in the 21st century amid the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a world human rights instrument that is designated to safeguard the interest and dignity of all humanity. The inhuman standard of living of the people of colour all over the world is unacceptable. All defenders of human rights must rise to challenge this inequality, injustice and lack of accountability by saying ‘’Enough is Enough’’. This action will originate a new paradigm shift that will set a new world order where inequality, injustice and man's inhumanity to humanity will be condemned be it in Europe, UK, America, Africa and elsewhere. Humanity will always be one, and no human being is better than another. If the Coronavirus will not re-unite the world, then humanity may just be doomed. If a disease will not discriminate, if poverty will not discriminate and if death cannot discriminate then one wonder what could be used to discriminate against other fellow humans on earth.


Enough is enough of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom living on £5 a day, ‘’just imagine!’’. Enough is enough of restricting asylum seekers in the UK their legitimate and fundamental rights to work and earn a decent living with dignity. Enough is enough of silencing the voice of the oppressed by hegemonic powers who control the machinery of global governance. Enough is enough