As I emptied my soul into the article about the tragic executions by policemen of our brothers in America, what surprised me the most was some of the Nigerian reaction to this issue.
People asked why we were so concerned. People mentioned the number of Nigerians who die unjustly everyday. Some at the hands of Boko Haram, some even at the hands of police officers. Some said charity begins at home and we need to fix us first before concentrating on America and American problems.
What people fail to realise is that once you are a citizen of the world, everything that concerns every Black person – nay, every human – concerns you too.
Oh, wait. You think the Police will stop and inquire as to if your name is Tyrone or Tunji before shooting you? You think this doesn’t concern you? You think your nationality, tribe, religion, qualifications or good behaviour will protect you?
A son of ours, a 16-year-old Yoruba boy was stabbed on the streets of London a few days ago. Admittedly not by Police, but the fact still remains that the hate is spreading. And this is still not your problem? No yawa. Kontinuu.
Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi dies at the hands of racist Italian right-winger
With each splatter of blood, the situation gets closer and closer.
On July 5, Emmanuel Nnamdi and his wife Chinyere were walking through Ferno, in northern Italy, when an Italian man, Amedeo Mancini, called her an African monkey and tried to grab her.
As her husband tried to rush to her defence, the fight escalated. Witnesses have stated that Mancini attacked first and continued to beat Emmanuel with a street sign until he lost consciousness. He later died in hospital. His wife, Chinyere, is also said to be severely injured but with hopes of a full recovery.
The couple were escaping an already torturous past. They were running from Boko Haram who had already burnt down their church and killed some of their relatives when they lived in Nigeria.
Mancini has been arrested on charges of murder and the Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano, while condemning Emmanuel’s death, promised to grant Chinyere refugee status.
Hatred is trending.
Brexit. Illegal immigrants. The xenophobic lash-out in South Africa a while ago. Donald Trump. Build a wall. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. And now a Nigerian man killed in Italy. A deranged Italian killed my brother with a street sign.
It concerns us. All of us. Every time someone kills my brother for no reason other than the colour of his skin, a little bit of us dies too.
Rest in peace, Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi. To Chinyere, I hope you find comfort and strength to move on from how we have failed you.
It is NOT well.
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